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.
Friday, 27 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
It was great to catch up with the Woodchat Shrike that Wendall found yesterday at Fairwood Common. There has been some discussion that it might be the Llangennith Woodchat Shrike relocated? At the time, during today's visit, while I was looking at the bird I also thought that the downy plumage was consistent with the Llangennith Shrike. However, having now compared the photos I took today with Rob Taylor's photos (and others) it is clear they are different birds. The key area being around the bill; where the Llangennith Shrike shows a lot of white above the bill and around the eye the Fairwood Shrike does not.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
The Black-necked Grebe was also present today per John Wilson on the small pond nearby. As has been mentioned before, this area is quite sensitive area and it is recommended that you remain on the tracks when moving between the ponds.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Graham Roblin found a Hooded Crow at Sker Farm this morning. It was still showing well this afternoon between 13:30 and 16:00. The bird favoured the field (SS798794) with the sheep next to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club although it was quite mobile as the resident corvids arrived in the area to feed and departed regularly. On one occasion the bird flew to Sker Rocks to feed but, only spent a brief period there. One further notable event was when a Herring Gull singled it out from a feeding group of corvids and gave chase through the air but the Hooded Crow was able to avoid the attack easily.
Rather distant photos of the Hooded Crow at Sker this morning in the light drizzle. This species is nationally rare in Wales. For some reason it was omitted from the the EG D-List in 2005, however the GRC have reinstated it, and from 1st May 2011 it is a description listed species.