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The county recorder requires more records of the common birds such as chaffinchs, robins etc. Please submit these as well as the more scarce sightings!

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2009 14:09
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All the previous reports have been moved across and I have started to add the 2003 reports, I'll hopefully get this completed in the next month or so.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2009 14:08
Yellow Oystercatchers return PDF Print E-mail

Yellow OystercatcherA new bird was added to birdwatchers’ lists last year, when over 100 Oystercatchers were dyed yellow as part of a joint tracking project between the Countryside Council for Wales and the British Trust for Ornithology.

This winter birdwatchers are being asked to keep an eye out for more yellow Oystercatchers as the second phase of the project takes place.

Last weekend 155 Oystercatchers were caught and dyed at Whitford National Nature Reserve on the Gower Peninsula. In November, it is hoped more birds will be caught at a different location.

The aim of the project is to learn more about the winter movements of the birds between the Burry Inlet and nearby areas, such as Carmarthen Bay.

Matt Murphy, an Ornithologist for the Countryside Council for Wales, said: "This year we hope to dye birds at two sites in order to see if there is a difference in their behaviour. The two groups will be marked on different parts of the body to allow us to tell them apart."

Niall Burton from the British Trust for Ornithology said: "In order to be a success, the project needs the help of the public. If anyone spots a yellow Oystercatcher, please report the sighting to the British Trust for Ornithology, stating the location, time and date and whether the bird was marked on its breast or tail."

The information gathered from sightings will be tied in with other detailed surveys, to gain an over-all picture of the birds’ movements.

Yellow OystercatcherThanks to the help of the public, last year 60 sightings of the yellow Oystercatchers were reported, in and around the Burry Inlet. The project also produced some unexpected results with a sighting at Dale in Pembrokeshire, over 65 km from the catching area.

Niall added: "Overall, last year’s results showed most of the Oystercatchers wintered in and around the Burry Inlet, although some did travel further. The information from the public was vital to understanding these movements."

If you are lucky enough to spot one of the yellow Oystercatchers please contact Niall Burton at the British Trust for Ornithology at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 01842 750050.

The dye used is not harmful to the birds and will last the winter, disappearing as the birds naturally shed their feathers.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2009 14:08
Dr Keith Lewis PDF Print E-mail

Owen has received a note from Dr Anthea Symonds who I believe to be the daughter of a club member Dr Keith Lewis, to the following effect:

I regret to tell you that Dr Keith Lewis died on August 7th 2008. Keith was an enthusiastic member and ornithologist and gained great pleasure from your publications and membership of the society.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2009 12:33
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