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.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Great Grey Shrike, mynydd margam near bodvic stone ss 829886. Seen by Gwyn Randall et al
Seawatching from Aberavon Beach
1stw Little Gull around the river mouth before flying off east. Also 6(f) Common Scoter still but only 84 Great Crested Grebe
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
NOTE: Birdwatchers can still view the reservoir from either the carpark at Lisvane or from the observation platform on the eastern side. Access to the rest of the reservoir & Llanishen Res. is unfortunately not permitted.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
According to the database this Northern Wheatear found at Brunel Dock , Briton Ferry at first light today was the latest one recorded in Glamorgan since 1989 when 1 was at Kenfig NNR on the 23rd November. The latest one on record comes from 1970, when on 12th December P.W.Richards found 1 around Sker Point area. There may well be other late records not yet processed but this year has seen a scattering of late Northern Wheatears around the county during the last week so further late records may well follow and of course there is always the hope of something better than Northern!
Saturday, 19 November 2011
|Black Brant with Dark-bellied Brent Geese|
The Black Brant found last weekend by P Hill, M Hogan, R Gaze & M Bell was still present this morning. Initially showing well along Whiteford Sands and on the rocks near the lighthouse at Whiteford Point with Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Later the bird relocated to Great Pill and was showing well in front of the hide at Berges Island.
Follow the link below for video footage of the bird.
Black Brant video
Friday, 18 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
The bird did not show when I was present this morning between 09:10 and 10:10 but showed well later on between 12:20 and 12:45. It was more than holding its own on the feeder chasing off Common Starlings. When it wasn't on the feeders it was in the big Holly bush, sometimes in view but more often deeper in.
Monday, 7 November 2011
From Overton 5th November
1 Black-throated Diver flew west past the 2nd Overton valley towards Rhossili. Quite close in and later found on the sea near Common Cliff.
Also passing a Great Northern Diver further out and also heading west.
From Whiteford 6th November
1 Red-necked Grebe feeding in Great Pill and associating loosely with Great Crested Grebes.
Also in the bay 1 Long-tailed Duck and on the way out to the hide a Firecrest moving swiftly through the bushes towards Cwm Ivy.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Saturday, 5 November 2011
|(c) R.H.A. Taylor|
|(c) R.H.A. Taylor|
|(c) R.H.A. Taylor|
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.
Rob Taylor found this Isabelline Wheatear late on this afternoon and I managed to get there and to take a few record shots. Rather befittingly, Rob has some very nice shots of the bird which show the diagnostic features better than my efforts do. Treat this as a bit of an appetiser of some better shots to come!