GRC Blog

Welcome to the GRC Recorders pages. This blog provides details on all the relevant news of Glamorgan’s scarcer birds, plus all BBRC & WRP decisions that affect us locally. It will also be used to document the status and occurrence of these scarcer species and we welcome contributions from anyone with photographs, artwork or documentation of rarities past, present and future. The GRC also welcomes all seawatching news from around Glamorgan and news of passage migrants in spring & autumn, uncommon birds in our area and unusual behaviour.

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The Glamorgan Rarities Committee, in conjunction with the Glamorgan Bird Club & Gower Wildlife , have agreed to co-operate with the Welsh Ornithological Society in the sharing of bird records & photographs in the interest of keeping accurate records and to promote birdwatching in North, Mid & South Wales.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Whitefronts at Ogmore 16/01/18

Two White-fronted Geese (albifrons) were on Ploran Mawr, Ogmore Estuary, today. Comparing the markings with the two at Kenfig just over a week ago there seems little doubt that these are the same individuals. This is my first record of the species at Ogmore since a flock of nine flew through on 03/12/1998.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Whooper Swan at the Watermill

This Whooper Swan was found yesterday (27/11/17) at the Watermill, Ogmore, by DCB. Apparently it soon flew off towards Ewenny, but by this morning it had returned and was feeding with the Mute herd. This species has been very scarce at Ogmore in recent years and it will be interesting to see if it is tempted to linger.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Middleton, Gower 30/9/17

                            Heavily cropped record shot of the Booted/Sykes warbler in
                            school lane. Found by E.A.Hunter on 29th.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs at Kenfig Pool 03/09/17

This Lesser Yellowlegs was found at Kenfig Pool this afternoon by Neil Donaghy. It was seen by just four birders before doing a flit, fingers crossed it can be relocated.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

CBWR Y-br Wblr apparently photographed today.

I picked up a direct message to GBC on their FB page that a Yell-br Warbler was seen and photographed at CBWR today in trees by the car park. I have replied and asked for the photo and the poster of the message is trying to get it sent to me.
The message was as follows:
A Yellow Browed Warbler was spotted today 13-8-2017 at the Cardiff Bay wetlands in the trees right next to the car park in the row of trees by Tom and Robert.. we have a photo of it if you would like us to post it.

OK these are the best of what I have rec'd. They are back of camera images and I had to take Mac screen shots as what I received were not image files as such.
Defo not YBW IMO. The clearest one shows bird with pale legs and my first thought was Willow Wblr but it looks a little odd to me - quite dusky underneath. There's no hint of a wing bar so not YBW. Could it be something like Radde's or Dusky - I'm guessing here. The third one was just a silhouette and I have lightened it as much as poss.

Little Stint : Sully Island

A couple of 'record' shots of the Little Stint found by Matt Meehan from a visit late on Saturday afternoon, great find.............

Ad Bonaparte's Gull R. Taff Cardiff

As per Twitter but just in case it slipped by, per David Beveridge, and ad Bonaparte's Gull was seen yesterday on the R. Taff in Bute Park, from the coffee house by the bridge.