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.

All visitors are welcome. You must first register by sending an email to before you can contribute. An invite will be sent to your email address. Blog content will be strictly moderated. Access to pages and downloads are available to everyone. All photographs on this blog remain the property of the originator.
If you would like to use photos, please arrange permission beforehand.

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.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Caspian Tern : Sker

A few 'record' photos from yesterday afternoon.........

Caspian Tern @WWT Llanelli

Two pictures of the Caspian tern found this morning at Penclacwydd.. Flight shot suggests leg rings so presume its the same bird seen in Glamorgan yesterday. Scopers in the hide also suggest seeing red leg ring

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Caspian Tern Fishing Over Kenfig Pool


Big thank you to the finders, refinders and refind refinder!

Sker Caspian tern.

                  I was with Alex and Judd when Alex refound this bird, first
                  reported from Baglan by Dave's Cornish and Shapes this morning. I'm
                  sure Judd had better pics.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Night Heron - Cosmesston

A couple of photos I got of the ad Night Heron found this morning by GBC member Annie Irving. These were taken this evening at around 7:45 from the main bridge.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Rose-coloured Starling : Gowerton

Few pics of the stunning adult Rose-coloured Starling at Cedar Close, Gowerton from a visit today....

Monday, 15 May 2017

2016 Bird Report Photograph Submissions.

I am collecting photographs for the 2016 East Glamorgan Bird Report that is to be published later in this year. Submission of high quality photos of the birds seen within the East Glamorgan boundaries is open to all members of the Bird Club.
Happily I already have a fine selection of superb entries and the standard continues to rise year on year.
With that in mind if any member wishes to submit photos please do so via the
free service to Photos will be returned if requested with the transfer.
Top quality shots of rarities, species not frequently / recently seen in the report, interesting behaviour etc. should ideally be 'unimproved' by the photographer or 'straight off the card'. File size does not matter as wetransfer allows for up to 2 Gb free transfer each time. Photos that give a suspicion of disturbance of breeding or passage birds will not be selected - and photos at the nest are less likely to be used in any event.
All photographers (and that includes most of us these days) must heed the requirements of the law.
Thank you in anticipation
Richard Smith.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Kenfig pool today.

                                   Little ringed plover on east shore. Another flew in calling
                                   and this bird flew up to join it. They were reported as returning
                                   30 mins later. Also 15 Common sandpiper.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Pink-footed Goose, Parc Slip NR

Record shot of the Pink-footed Goose at Parc Slip NR, which was reported earlier by Alan Cripps. It was on the main lagoon island.