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 GlamRC@gmail.com 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, 31 December 2012
5 Waxwing at The Quays, Baglan (LR)
4 Short-eared Owl near Rhaslas Pool (MW)
10 Waxwings at Melrose Avenue, Penylan, Cardiff (JS)
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Friday, 28 December 2012
Waxwing  at Penylan - Roath Court Rd.
Little Egret  at Hendre Lake, St. Mellons - roost site
Bittern at Kenfig (LR)
Bittern at Swansea Vale LNR (MHu)
Snow Bunting still at Aberavon Beach (JS)
Short-eared Owl at Baglan Dunes, Aberavon (DMC)
Black-throated Diver at Eglwys (ND) (see below)
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Coed Cefn-Fforest (MB)
25+ Waxwing at Roath Clinic, Cardiff (BK)
2 Yellow-legged Gulls at Cosmeston (AB)
Black Redstart - Cardiff BarrageChristmas Day
Snow Bunting - Aberavon Beach (GL)) (see below)
3 Waxwing at Bryncoch Post Office, Neath (BA)
|(c) N Dallimore|
|(c) N Dallimore|
Thursday, 27 December 2012
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
The Snow Bunting found yesterday by Gary Lewis was still present this morning. Judging by Gary's description of where he saw it yesterday, it was further along the beach NW and nearer the Neath River today. It flew from the dunes, or possibly the BP Baglan area, before settling to feed along the highest tide strand-line at the base of the dunes. (SS721921)
Also of note from the area, 23 Raven flew over together in a loose group heading SE and nearby 4 Mediterranean Gulls were with a decent flock of gulls (inc 100+ Common Gulls) feeding on the flooded playing fields.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
News from BBRC & WRP: All taking effect from 1/01/2013
Glossy Ibis is now no longer considered a national rarity and becomes a Welsh Records Panel species
Ring-billed Gull will stay a WRP species
Bearded Tit is now only considered by WRP for descriptions outside Gwent breeding & dispersal area*
Richard's Pipit is now a GRC D-List species
Wood Lark is now a GRC D-List species
*: I have asked for clarification as to the extent of the 'dispersal area' concerning Eastern Glamorgan.
Monday, 24 December 2012
|(c) Jacob Spendelow|
Best Wishes to everyone over the festive period and the very best of luck.
Many thanks go to Jacob Spendelow for providing the image (Don't panic; it was taken in West Virginia!) who owns a fantastic website and wanted to wish us "Happy holidays and good birding."
Please take a moment to visit his site by clicking on the photo or via the link below
Dalton's Point - 3 f/imm Scaup (CDB, HO)
Penclawdd Pill - 2 Spotted Redshank (CDB)
Whiteford - 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Slavonian Grebe (DP)
Swansea Vale LNR - 1 Bittern still (JE & GE)
Roath Court Rd, Cardiff - 50+ Waxwing (CH)
Cardiff Barrage - 1m Black REdstart (GP)
Rhaslas Pond - 4 Short-eared Owl (MW)
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Seawatching from Tutt Head 8:30 to 9:30
2 Red-throated Diver; also 20+ Razorbill, 6+ Guillemot and Auk sp on the sea.
nearby 1 Little Egret on the University playing fields was working the significant amounts of standing water there.
Friday, 21 December 2012
Llanrhidian - 1 Great White Egret, 3(1m2f) Hen Harrier, 2 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl (NE)
River Rhymney, Ystrad Mynach - 1 Bittern this morning (KW)
Swansea Vale NR - 1 Bittern still (AL)
Cardiff Barrage - 2 Black Redstart (GP)
Wellington Street, Cardiff - c20 Waxwings (TF)
Llanrhidian - 2 Great White Egret (BS)
Sully - 1 Waxwing (JPH)
Oxwich - 1 Black Redstart (IT)
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
60+ Waxwing Princes St, Roath & 70+ Waxwing New Zealand Road, Whitchurch , Cardiff (CH)
3 Waxwing Schooner Street, Cardiff (SS)
Bittern still at Swansea Vale NR (per AWF) [probably since 11/12/12]
Black Redstart at Cardiff Bay (GP)
Black Redstart at Pencoed (PL)
Scaup from Salthouse Point ( 8 on Sat 15th, MHu), (4 on Sun 16th, AL)
Spotted Redshank at Penclawdd Pill (1 on Sat 15th, CDB), (1 on Sun 16th, AL)
2 Waxwing at Cosmeston CP on Sat 15th (MB), (AB) [New for Site]
Almost immediately on arrival a female Hen Harrier showed well and she showed off and on for about 20mins during which time she disturbed a male Hen Harrier that hunted thereafter, till the end. A Barn Owl and Short-eared Owl were found as the light began to fade and pretty quickly after that there were 2 Barn Owl hunting, one showing particularly well. A Merlin flew through and at very last (useful) light 2 Great White Egret flew in together from Llanrhidian Pill.
2 Great White Egret, 2(m+f) Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl
Earlier some seawatching from Rhossili was fairly uneventful 3000+ Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver and c200 Auks (mainly Razorbills and activity around the Worm showed many birds returning to ledges)
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Snow Bunting still at Sker (DGC)
Black Redstart on pebble beach at Sker (GR)
No sign today in Neath, at Milland Rd or Stockhams Corner
86 at Fishguard Road, Llanishen, Cardiff (MCP)
4 over MacGregor Row, Maesteg (IL)
Baglan Bay - 7 Wigeon, 1f Common Scoter, 301 Great Crested Grebe (113 Aberavon + 188 Crymlyn) & good numbers of Gulls on Crymlyn Beach (2000+) - mainly Herring Gulls
Snow Bunting still at Sker
1 Morriston (JE)
8 Stockhams Corner, Neath (NE, RJ)
20+ Heath, Cardiff
13 Craddock St, Riverside, Cardiff (AB)
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
Sunday, 9 December 2012
c120 Fishguard Road & surrounds, Llanishen, Cardiff (PB) (separate to Heath flock please see comments)
200+ around Rhydelig Avenue, Heath, Cardiff (multi obs)
10 at Margam crematorium briefly, this afternoon. (GM)
2 in Neath. Initially on rose bush, Milland Road (SS74099719) before moving to Stockhams Corner roundabout. Feeding on ornamental berry tree at last light (SS75229694) (RJ et al)
Saturday, 8 December 2012
The juv. Pink-footed Goose is at Cosmeston CP with Canada Geese.
Long-tailed Duck earlier at Burry Port Harbour.
A report of a Richard's Pipit this morning, but no further details.
Friday, 7 December 2012
Thursday, 6 December 2012
[NB. Large green dots are the period 2000 to 2011 and small green dots show pre 2000 records]
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
12 in Barry (SPH)
277+ at roost Bangor Street, Roath (RGS). Earlier 4 were seen to fly into a window in this area and unfortunately died (PKG).
PLEASE NOTE: The sightings of Waxwings feeding in Princes St (Roath) refer to berry trees in Roath Court Road, which is off Princes St - there are NO berry trees in Princes St.
Llanrhidian Marsh (16:00 to 16:45, 2/12/12)
2 Short-eared Owl & 1 Barn Owl (AL)
Swansea Bay & Baglan Bay (2/12/12)
2 separate counts of Great Crested Grebe on this day
From Swansea Docks looking into Bagaln Bay 329, all off Crymlyn Burrows (RJ)
From Blackpill 137+ (BW-D, WW-D)
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Penmaen - 29 Waxwing flew east over Great Tor (BS)
Neath - 6+ Waxing lower Cimla Road to Dyfed Road (NE)
Cardiff - Waxwing numbers continue to grow at the regular locations. 200+ (multi obs)
Rhaslas Pond - 1 Short-eared Owl, today (CJo); 5 Short-eared Owl (possibly up to 8), yesterday (MB)
Broughton (11:20 to 13:00) - Very little on the sea except 2f Common Scoter and 1 Slavonian Grebe. A good search for the Velvet Scoter was unsuccessful here and a wider search found only small groups of Common Scoter just off Burry Holms. Also on the beach at low tide 100+ Brent Geese, those seen well enough were Dark-bellied.
Crymlyn Burrows (14:00 to 16:00) - 26 common Scoter and 191 Great Crested Grebe.
Friday, 30 November 2012
|(c) M Kirby|
Photo showing 23 at Killay, Swansea (MK)
3 near old Vitafoam factory, Maesteg (PPa)
3 at Forge Road, Maesteg (IL)
3 at Llwyn-onn, south end of upper village (MTH)
28 at Asda car park, south Merthyr (MTH)
100+ at Quarrydale Rd area, Rumney, Cardiff (CDe)
100+ at Bangor Street, Roath, Cardiff (DRWG)
Hopefully those who have not yet connected with any Waxwings, including myself, will be able to relax a bit after this weekend.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
50+ at Quarrydale Road, Brachdy Road, Ty Mawr Road... Rumney area (many obs)
c50 at Fishguard Rd, Llanishen (many obs)
1 at Rhydhelig Ave, Heath (AK)
8 flying over J35 M4, Pencoed (PT)
16 flew north near Treorchy (NPR)
Late news from yesterday
1 at Penmaen, Gower (per DKT)
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Sunday, 25 November 2012
|(c) J Evans|
|(c) J Evans|
Saturday, 24 November 2012
I'm reliably informed that this area has turned up Waxwings in the past and there are still rose hips available to encourage them to return. The lay-by from where the birds have been seen is 300m along the road from the SW exit of the Briton Ferry roundabout (A48) (SS 7368 9348)
NB - It seems likely that the report of 20+ at The Quays, Barry, this morning, is a mistake and probably relates to this sighting?
2) 2 Waxwing were reported by main road, Tesco car park, Swansea this afternoon. (Unknown Obs)
3) 12 Waxwing on Princes Street, Roath 10.30 a.m. Present for 30 mins before flying off. Later seen near Albany Road. Not seen since. (per GBC (D?))
Thursday, 22 November 2012
|(c) P Tabor|
Yesterday - 10 Waxwing low through Tesco carpark, Maesteg, at 16:00 (CR). No sign today (PT), but this does follow 7/8 seen flying along Llynfi river, Maesteg, at 09:35 on 19/11/12 (IL)
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Monday, 19 November 2012
The birds did not roost in these trees overnight probably due to the two mistle thrushes heavily defending them.
Note. This is actually Quarrydale which is the continuation of Ty Mawr Road.
Update... 16 waxwings @ 12.45
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Neath River - 1 Spotted Redshank flew up river with Redshank towards Brunel Dock(CGi)
(later the Spotted Redshank was seen feeding with Redshank in Brunel Dock. However, it departed and flew further up river after a short time and could not be relocated (11:15 MHi, CHi). Hopefully this bird will stick in the area for a while and Brunel Dock will be a good place to look for it just before and just after high tide). (SS735935)
Baglan Bay - 22 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver and 80+ Great Crested Grebe (CGi)
Margam Railway Sidings - 1 Firecrest and 1 Brambling over (CGi)
Portobello, Ogmore - 1 Water Pipit (NPR)
Thursday, 15 November 2012
The 4 Velvet Scoter, found by Chris Brewer on Saturday, have now increased to 5. I've tentatively classed all as f/imm since all appear to show a pale area behind the bill. One, or possibly two, in the group show male features to me.
|5 Velvet Scoter are the back most birds almost in a line|
Further to the reports on RBA and Birdguides, yesterday, the 2 female type Long-tailed Duck were still with the "closest" group of Common Scoter. Their number again, easily, 3000+. 3 Tufted Duck flew around the Bay for a while and 3 Red-throated Diver were also present.
It was also very nice to meet up with, albeit briefly, the EGBC field trip group - John W, Alan R et al. Alan R had picked up another Velvet Scoter in with the closest Common Scoter flock and hopefully there's more nice stuff to come from their very well attended gathering.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
On the sea 4f Common Scoter,1 Red-throated Diver, 83 Great Crested Grebe and an impressive site count of 41 Guillemot off Aberavon Beach. Also of note nearby 150+ Common Gulls on the playing fields.
Elsewhere, Rhossili Bay produced bird news alerts, this morning, concerning 2 Long-tailed Duck in with the Scoter flock
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Monday, 12 November 2012
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Rhaslas Pond - 1 (sub-ad m) Hen Harrier and 6 Short-eared Owls (MB)
Mynydd Bach - 2(f) Ring Ouzel at Torcerrig Farm (CR)
Kenfig Pool - 1(f) Long-tailed Duck still (DJ)
Broughton Bay - 4 (m+3fem/imm) Velvet Scoter still (MHu)
Salthouse Point - 1 Great White Egret (MHu)
Cardiff Bay - 5 Scaup still, off Prospect Place (DA)
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Thursday, 8 November 2012
1m ad Cardiff Bay Barrage 7 to 8/11/12 (GP)
1m 1st Yr Cardiff Bay Barrage 6 to 7/11/12 (GP), (JDW)
1m ad Sker 5 to 7/11/12 (per DGC), (MHn, PPa), (GR)
1 Pennard Cemetry 4/11/12 (BW-D, WW-D)
No sign 5/11/12
2 Pink Bay to Sker 4/11/12 (A?)
3 Pink Bay to Sker 3/11/12 (GR, CR)
Baglan Bay 8/11/12
The BP grounds scanned for Black Redstarts but none so far. On the sea a small group of Common Scoter (16) and 232 Great Crested Grebes ((35 Abreavon + 197 Crymlyn)
Nearby a Jack Snipe was with 22 Snipe at Panasonic site, Baglan Moors.
Following one at Merthyr Mawr 3/11/12 (DCB)
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Monday, 5 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
|Whooper Swan (c) R.H.A. Taylor|
Broad Pool 28th October 2012
|(c) R.H.A. Taylor|
Penclacwydd (VC44) 28th October 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Kenfig Pool - 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 female Long-tailed Duck and also 1 Great Northern Diver. The diver only stayed briefly, but the others were still present till midday, at least. (DGC) & later (GP)
Werfa - 1 female Snow Bunting this afternoon at SS914942 (DCo)
Mynydd Bach - 2 male Ring Ouzel (CR)
Mumbles Hill - 2 Ring Ouzel this morning. 1st W male + 1st W female (MHi, RJ)
Bracelet Bay - 14 Common Scoter(w) and 1 Red-throated Diver(e)
Swansea Bay - 11 Wigeon, 6 Teal and 31 Great Crested Grebe
Late news from yesterday
Lavernock Point - 1 Firecrest (AB)
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
1f Long-tailed Duck still with Common Scoter in Rhossili Bay. Similarly to Sunday, she seems to prefer being with the Scoter that are closest to the car park, but can also be found alone in the same general area. There were well in excess of 3000 Common Scoter between The Worm and Burry Holms. A search for a scarcer Scoter among the Scoter flocks was unsuccessful, but hopefully the Scoter numbers will remain high around Rhossili Bay this winter and surely with it a chance of a Surf or two. Elsewhere, the eclipse Eider was still around the causeway and 2 Merlins past, offshore while heading east, which brought an angry reaction from one of the local Peregrines.
Overhead passage was nowhere near as busy as on Sunday and the most notable migrants being a female Blackcap and 30+ Redwings.
Late news: Wryneck at Aberthaw 12th Oct [R. Brockway] & Sedge Warbler there 21st Oct [per SPH]
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
Snow Bunting still at Pink Bay, showing really well [per PB]
A Great White Egret at Llanrhidian on Gower & another OOC at WWT (VC44).
Late News [21/10/12]: Snow Bunting & Water Pipit at Berges Is./Whiteford Point also 2 Slav Grebes off shore [MHu].
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Yellow-browed Warbler at Mewslade Valley between 10:50 to 11:10 (RJ)
(This bird was not relocated this afternoon despite searching the area 12:50 to 16:00 (MHi, RJ))
Balearic Shearwater feeding in Port Eynon Bay, late morning (BS)
Great White Egret at Llanrhidian Marsh, below Leason, 11:15 (WT)
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Poor distant video of the bird can be found on the link below
juv Sabine's Gull video
Friday, 19 October 2012
19/10/12 - 4 Common Scoter, 1(juv) Gannet, 14 Great Crested Grebe
15/10/12 - 3 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 22 Great Crested Grebe
11/10/12 - 2 Wigeon, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 13 Great Crested Grebe
10/10/12 - 1f/imm Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great Crested Grebe
07/10/12 - 2 P-b Brents, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Sunday, 14 October 2012
A record shot of the Wryneck at Crymlyn Burrows, today. It was quite flighty, but showing regularly while working an area of dunes near a concentration of Broom (SS709928), at 10:20. It showed well in this area for about 20mins and then again later on, in the same general area at 13:30.
Cwm mawr is just south of Dunraven at SS895 772.