Swallow foraging over channel near South Pond.
Brambling (f) also present. 4 little egret out of roost. 118 common gull in bay.
Please don’t forget the talk next Friday (Environment Centre, Pier St, Swansea) on Seabirds and Marine Mammals seen from the Gower Explorer. 19:15 start. £1 on the door.
New blog post on the ringing year to date. Follow this LINK.
Brambling photo by Richard Dann
Friday 23rd March: The Gower Explorer: An illustrated talk on the coast of Gower as seen by Mike and David Tonge a father-and-son team who see Gower daily from their power boat. Covering seabirds and cetaceans.
At the Environment Centre. Kick off 19:00. £1 on the door.
The GOS walk around Whiteford Point due to be held tomorrow has been cancelled due to the poor forecast. Apologies for the late notice. Bob Tallack had stepped in to lead (as Eddie has had a fall while skating), but it is looking cold, wet and miserable unfortunately.
Apologies for non-sighting post.
The GOS quiz will be held on Friday 26 Jan at 19:00 at the Environment Centre, Pier St, Swansea.
It is always a well-attended evening. Come along and test your knowledge of birds and birding.
£1 on the door to cover room hire costs.
Always a good prize for the winnter. Last year it was the New Naturalist book on Falcons, by Richard Sale.
Apologies for the non-sightings post.
Please could anyone intending to sightings of birds within the Gower recording area in 2017 send these to Mark Hipkin by the end of February 2017. Mark’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance for the submission of records can be found HERE
Many thanks on behalf of the GOS committee.
A summary of ringing at Oxwich in 2017 is available by clicking HERE
For anyone who is interested, you can click through to a more detailed report from the above blog post. Starling photo Stephen Vickers.
Latest ringing news is HERE
Three brambling present.
Collared dove carrying nesting material in Penmaen yesterday. Appreciate they can breed all year round, but nevertheless slightly surprised by this.
Firecrest yesterday among 58 birds captured during ringing session. For further info / photo Click HERE
c. 7 brambling, 2 jack snipe, firecrest (photo below by Stephen Vickers) yesterday
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Brambling and 2 fieldfare over just after dawn this morning
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Firecrest on Southward Lane
A little run of yellow wagtails at the marsh in the last ten days, including different birds roosting with pied/white wags on Friday and Saturday.
Quiet for migrants with small numbers of reed and sedge warbler, a whitethroat and a tree pipit captured during the Welsh Ringing Course.
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Yellow wagtail yesterday. More info and photos here.
Good numbers of tree pipits, grasshopper warbler, a few garden warbler today. Over 500 birds captured by the ringing team in the past week. For more information and photos, see LINK
pic below: garden warbler
Small numbers of common migrants moving through of late including garden warbler, tree pipit (below) and grasshopper warbler. For latest ringing news see LINK
Yesterday: 4-5 tree pipits, garden warbler, kingfisher. Almost 150 birds ringed this week. For more information follow the LINK
56 sedge warblers, 33 reed warblers, 23 willow warblers, 2 grasshopper warblers among 181 birds this morning.
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Crossbill in the pine trees at Langland Corner this morning