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, 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.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Changes to the BBRC list - records from 1 January 2017

BBRC has announced with effect from 1 January 2017 the following changes:

The following species is reinstated to the BBRC list:

Ferruginous Duck
Ferruginous Duck is in decline internationally and of increasing conservation concern; BBRC will continue to work closely with county recorders to ensure a robust assessment with respect to provenance of individual birds.
 The following species have been removed from the BBRC list:
Black-winged Stilt  and  Red-flanked Bluetail
The increasing numbers of Black-winged Stilt and Red-flanked Bluetail in recent times have been enjoyed by many. Times have certainly changed since the much-appreciated bluetail at Winspit, Dorset in 1993!  Records of both will now be assessed in Wales by the Welsh Records Panel.
So, Glamorgan gets its first Bluetail in the same month the species drops off the national rarity list!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cattle Egret - St Athan

A Cattle Egret was found at St Athan today, in a field on the R as you turn off the B road. This is a record shot sent to me by Tony Fisher.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

G G Shrike

A Great Grey Shrike has been reported from Fforest Fawr, Tongwynlais. 100 yards on right (NE) of track from Car Park entrance, on the GBC sightings page apparently seen on 28th Feb.

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.