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.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Iceland Gull - Bridgend

An Iceland Gull was found this afternoon on the roof of the old Tesco in Bridgend, by Neil Donaghy. I got there shortly after, by which time the bird had relocated to the roof of the post office. Unfortunately, this location was only really viewable from Newcastle Hill, from where I obtained a few distant record shots.


Friday, 17 February 2017

16/02.2017 Brains Brewery Roof Glaucous Gull - Caaardiff Bird.

Not been able to get out much so far this year so grateful for this monster 1W Glaucous gracing the CARDIFF RIVIERA looking as if he has eaten all the Clarks pies!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Red flanked bluetail still present at Wern ddu, Caerphilly. PP+CG.

      After an hours search the bird showed for around ten minutes on the left of
      the usual track, where the stream goes through.

Eastern Chiffchaff Cardiff Bay

I was sent these two photos by GBC member Tony Fisher of the putative tristis type Chiffchaff, which we seen near St Davids Hotel at CBWR yesterday.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Waxwings in Cardiff Bay


One of 3 Waxwings found at Havannah Street by Peter Howlett - I was in carpark by St. Davids Hotel (good timing). A 'tristis' Chiffchaff with a nominate race in CBWR. Also Long-tailed Duck & 8 Scaup in Cardiff Bay, between lockgates & barrage sails.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Red-flanked Bluetail, Wern Ddu, Caerphilly

Still present - seen well though briefly at 12.50 today by Darryl Spittal.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Red-flanked Bluetail, Wern Ddu, Caerphilly

This elusive bird showed briefly on the path through the woodland before the open area around the railway tunnel airshaft at 08.30 and again at 08.50 in poor weather conditions, then disappeared back into woodland (Alex Bevan, John Aggleton & PB).

Friday, 27 January 2017

Red-flanked Bluetail Location

The red cross marks the favoured location of the bird this morning. It appeared to be doing a small circuit and occasionally popped out onto the forest track. Fingers crossed it hangs around.....


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Red-flanked Bluetail in Caerphilly

 What an absolutely stunning find by Alan Cripps today at Caerphilly!!

I've copied Alan's notes giving directions for those who like me will be hoping this bird sticks around for a bit.

Red-flanked bluetail at Wern Ddu Caerphilly. Park in coed Parc-y-van car park on the Caerphilly to rudry rd. Walk back 50 yds towards Caerphilly and you will see a lane on the left. Follow this lane over the railway bridge and then right to the Warren. Turn left here and follow the lane towards Cardiff for about 200 yds. There is a notice board on the right and a bridle path on the left. Take the bridle path and the bird was either side of this path but highly mobile.