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.
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011
Congratulations go to Barry Weston on finding such a nice bird on local patch, which has been enjoyed by a few today.
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
|White-rumped Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiper 22/9/11|
|A couple of Pectoral Sandpipers 22/9/11|
1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Golden Plover, 6+ Dunlin and 6+ Ringed Plover.
|Buff-breasted Sandpiper (c) B. Stewart|
|Curlew Sandpiper & Pectoral Sandpiper (c) B. Stewart|
|Little Stint & 2 Pectoral Sandpipers (c) B. Stewart|
|Pectoral Sandpiper (c) B. Stewart|
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Also seen in 2hrs seawtach - juv Sabine's Gull sitting on sea for 15mins before flying west, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Auk sp, 3 Whimbrel & 5 Turnstone.
|Mark photographing the Pec|
|Pectoral Sandpiper (c) B.Stewart|
|White-rumped Sandpiper (c) B.Stewart|
|Curlew Sandpiper (c) B.Stewart|
Monday, 19 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
5 Arctic Skua ( 2 at 7:25, 1 at 8:25, 1 at 9:10 and 1 at 9:20) all juvs
13 Sandwich Tern
3 Arctic Tern
1 Common Tern
3 Commic Tern
38 Common Scoter
1 Bar-tailed Godwit
Handful of Gannet(8) and Guillemot (3) but no Manx Shearwater.
All birds passing west
Friday, 16 September 2011
The 7th Report of the Taxonomic Sub-Committee of the BOURC has been published in Ibis.
It describes the following splits:
Capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata (Cat. A)
Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus (Cat. A)
Brown-cheeked Rail Rallus indicus
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus (Cat. A)
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus
Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus (Cat. A)
Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus (Cat. A)
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis (Cat. A)
Cabot’s Tern Sterna acuﬂavida (Cat. A)
Sand Martin Riparia riparia (Cat. A)
Pale Martin Riparia diluta
European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola (Cat. A)
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus (Cat. A)
African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
Bullﬁnch Pyrrhula pyrrhula (Cat. A)
Azores Bullﬁnch Pyrrhula murina
The large skuas have been re-examined; 3 Hippos and 1 Acro have been renamed (finally) into Iduna (Eastern Olivaceous, Booted, Syke's, Thick-billed); chats and flycatchers have been re-ordered (again); eastern Lucinias have been renamed, as have Siberian Thrush and Greenfinch.
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
1 off Mumbles Head (B. Stewart)
2 at Kenfig Pool (N. Donaghy, G. Roblin & G. Roberts)
1 at Sker Pool (D. Bolt)
1 at Southerndown c.p. (P. Dunn)
1 probable in Cardiff Bay (J. Wilson)
2-3 on Eglwys Nunydd Resr, (G. Morgan)
1 off Porthcawl (N. Donaghy)
Monday, 12 September 2011
Other birds of note included 2 pp Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Red Throated Diver, 1 Pintail, 51 Arctic Tern, 3 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 2 Manx & 1 Med Gull.
Later in Trecco Bay Car Park - 2 Med Gull & 1 Sandwich Tern.
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Peter got some shots by I failed to get on to the bird with my camera before the skua and the gulls all headed down river.
We dashed down to the rivermouth car park in the car and found the skua still terrorising the gulls,we both managed some record shots before the bird was lost heading east up channel.
Looks like a dark phase juvenile to me but I stand to be corrected.