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, 5 November 2011

Myself and Colin Gittins went down Kenfig River Reedbed this afternoon to see if  the starling roost had started to gather pace yet, we were not dissapointed. Birds started to arrive at 1600 hrs, i decided to give it a go in counting them roughly before the small flocks joined the mass and adding it up at the end. Thousands of birds were coming in from all directions, at 24000 the birds went to roost at 1632hrs in the reedbed, but birds were still streaming in after that and going straight to roost. When i added up the final figure was 41,700. A total not seen since the 70's. The two photos in near darkness are of birds arriving after the main flock had roosted, and the photo in the light is of the birds just starting to gather.

To our great surprise an imm/female Marsh Harrier flew in from the direction of Maudlum and went straight to roost in the reedbed not far from the Starlings at 1645hrs. Also recorded 8 calling Water Rail, 9 calling Cetti's Warbler from different areas, 1 Snipe & 42 Teal. Photos were taken by Colin Gittins.

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