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Guidelines for Reporting Rarities and Submission of Annual Records
Detailed records of nationally or locally rare species (guidance on these is here) should be sent to the County Recorder Rob Jones (goweros10@gmail.com) as soon as possible after the sighting. An appropriate description should be provided of the species, your previous experience of it (and similar species), the circumstances and weather conditions in which the sighting occurred and any other pertinent information (such as photos). He will then circulate to the local or national records committee as relevant.

Day to day observations, including of nest sites, flocks of birds and species of local interest, should be collated in the Annual Record Form and sent to Rob as an email attachment following each calendar year. Receiving these by the end of January is ideal as an early start can then be made on compiling the annual report.

PLEASE NOTE

Please could we ask that detailed locational information that may lead to the disturbance of the nest sites of species listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981) is omitted from any posts. This may otherwise lead to an offence being committed.

Schedule 1 species that regularly breed in the recording area are Dartford warbler, chough, honey buzzard, crossbill, goshawk, kingfisher, hobby, red kite, barn owl, peregrine, little ringed plover and Cetti’s warbler.

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Gary
Gary
May 26, 2022 9:28 am

Thirteen adult chough on West Cliff, Southgate, at 7:10 this morning. I saw a very violent squabble between five chough the other day (see photo), from which all five flew off apparently unharmed, and an aerial fight last week.

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Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones
May 24, 2022 9:07 am

Limeslade to Rotherslade cliff walk: regular sightings of Whitethroat and Stonechat and today the added bonus of Linnet.

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Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones
May 23, 2022 10:14 pm

Many LBB Gulls find safety in breeding in off-shore islands. This one on Steep Holm.

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Jeremy Douglas-Jones
Jeremy Douglas-Jones
May 22, 2022 9:00 am

Twelve of us went out on Saturday’s field trip to Coelbren, lead by Ed Hunter, whose enthusiasm and superb knowledge made the evening so enjoyable. We recorded 26 species including: Blackbird, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Tree and Meadow Pipits, Redpoll, Redstart, Siskin, Snipe, House Sparrow, Stonechat, Swallow, Swift, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Willow, Garden, and wood Warblers and Wren. The highlights were hearing Nightjars, a Tawny Owl in the headlights as we left and twenty minutes watching a pair of Cuckoos looking for a nest and being mobbed by Meadow Pipits and a Stonechat. We also heard another three Cuckoos.

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Johnny Woon
Johnny Woon
May 19, 2022 3:22 pm

Cuckoo calling 4:50am today, heard, (in the far distance), West of Three Crosses.

PAUL GRIFFITHS
PAUL GRIFFITHS
May 19, 2022 12:44 am

18/05 cuckoo calling, Nicholaston, 3 ringed plover and a sanderling on Oxwich beach.

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Joel Trinder
Joel Trinder
May 18, 2022 4:43 pm

Hobby seen flying over Waunarlywdd.

Owain Gabb
May 18, 2022 8:28 am

Park Woods / Parc le Breos: singing stock dove from the car park. Siskin juvs present. Adult siskin drinking from track pool and feeding on dandelion heads by the path, which I have seen in goldfinch but not siskin before.

Paul Larkin
Paul Larkin
May 17, 2022 11:16 pm

Port Eynon this afternoon. The bulk of the birds were moving up channel so only those counted. Down channel movement increased as the afternoon wore on, with a commensurate reduction in up channel movement. All prior to rain stopping play.
Guillemot 32, Razorbill 3, Gannet 9, Fulmar Petrel 5, Manx Shearwater 182.

Castell Du over this evening’s HT. Little Egret 15, Shelduck 7, Spoonbill 1 imm, some black visible in the wing and both wings had an inner primary missing. It eventually flew off very high over the hills in the general direction of the WWT.

Derek Jones
Derek Jones
May 17, 2022 11:32 am

6 Whimbrel on Salthouse Point, Crofty at high tide this morning.

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Owain Gabb
May 17, 2022 8:02 am

Productive walk along the Ilston Valley: 2 spotted flycatchers chasing in the canopy, marsh tit, and some fledged grey wagtails on the stream at the Ilston church end.

Paul Larkin
Paul Larkin
May 16, 2022 11:29 pm

Oxwich this afternoon. Sandwich Tern 1 fishing in the bay, Gannet 32, Manx Shearwater 29, Fulmar Petrel 1, Mallard 2 all down channel.
in the NNR Sedge Warbler 1 in song, Willow Warbler 1 in song, House Martin 3, Swift 2, Mute Swan 1 on the south pool.