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.
Monday, 30 January 2012
Here's a couple of record shots - cropped as much as poss and sharpened - no light, 1600 ISO etc etc.
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012
27/01: Both 2nd W & 1st W were seen again in same area. [per MCP].
|Great Grey Shrike (c) Nick Murfin|
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Yellow-legged Gull video
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Record shot of the 3rd W Iceland Gull that was seen at Pontsticill Res. 17/01. Most of this reservoir is in VC42, however the south-western part is in Greater Glamorgan (Merthyr) and this bird was observed in both counties. Photo by Mike Hogan
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Couple of record shots from this morning of the Glossy Ibis at Sully Moors. It was found yesterday at this site and then moved to Cosmeston late afternoon probably to roost, as it was seen first thing this AM coming out from underneath the boardwalk near the children's dipping pool.
Monday, 16 January 2012
17/01 - Reported at Cosmeston at 08.15, flew off north, possibly back to Sully Moors? [per SPH]
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Early afternoon Gwyn Randall relocated the bird with 70 Canada Geese on the main lake at Gnoll CP. Nick Edwards reported it still present at the Gnoll at 15:50 where it was happily feeding on bread and seed. At 16:10 the bird flew off on its own.
There is a local wildfowl collection, in Cimla, which does keep a number of "wild goose" species including some free flying ones. This goose does not have a ring on it and hopefully it has just become assimilated to the behaviour of the local Canada Geese in much the same way as other Pink-footed Geese have done in earlier years as described by David Gilmore in a thread belonging to the Pink-footed at Ogmore last October (found here).However, it will probably be worth asking the question to the owner of the local wildfowl collection whether he has a Pink-footed Goose that goes walkabout from time to time?
Friday, 13 January 2012
|Ad Iceland Gull Oxwich 7/1/12|
Dave Lewis did confirm that the 1stw Iceland Gull was sill present around the Jackstones Pier at Aberavon early afternoon, today.
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
I agree with Martyn Hnatiuk that this bird shows very mixed bag of plumage features especially the bare parts. It looks good for 1stw to me and is very similar to the Nicholaston Pill bird. This bird, like the Nickolaston bird, is quite large but I think that they are different birds due to the differences in darker looking plumage around the eyes of both birds.
Whatever the case it is a nice bird which may provide much friendlier photo opportunities due to smaller gull flocks which seem to be less wary of human presence than the larger flocks at Oxwich. I know a few birders successfully caught up with this bird today which is great; nice find Colin.
Myself and Peter Morgan returned there on Sunday as we both wanted to try and photograph Willow Tit and I posted the three photos below on SWB blog which has caused something of a debate as to whether the bird feeding on the handrail is in fact Willow or Marsh Tit.
Despite the more common tits,Robins and Nuthatches being quite vocal we did not hear either Willow or Marsh Tit on Sunday when two birds were present.
The site has become something of a "hot-spot" for Willow Tit but that is not to say that Marsh Tit is not also present.
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Saturday, 7 January 2012
There were at least 2 Iceland Gulls in Oxwich Bay today. I arrived at Oxwich in already very poor light and this "video grab" photo was taken at 16:32. It shows the adult bird (I think) and there was a 2w bird also but unfortunately the light had gone before I saw it so no chance of a record shot. Eddie Hunter also reported 2 Iceland Gulls today, a 2w and 3w; I'm fairly confident that this isn't a 3w bird because I didn't see any brown feathering in the coverts or primaries although I couldn't say for certain how good the bill was for adult.
If this is an adult, then there are at least 3 Iceland Gulls at Oxwich at the moment and the Gull numbers were once again very impressive at last light going to roost on the sea. There could well be some more white-wingers tomorrow?
Friday, 6 January 2012
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
1 Balearic Shearwater came into the bay and was watched feeding (diving into the sea from flight repeatedly) at about 14:30 for about 2-3mins. If was right among the feeding party quite close to shore and during this brief period Herring gulls were trying to catch and rob it; sometimes it would stay submerged for a while to avoid them.
Also present 1 1stw Iceland Gull at Nicholston Pill briefly and a distant white-winged Gull around Threecliff Bay looked good for Glaucous. It appeared to be a second or third year bird but it could possibly have been the 2w Iceland which was not seen around it's usual haunt, near the church. The interesting (to my eyes anyway) gull in the post below showed late afternoon this time on the sea and was pretty distant.
Common Scoter(40+), Teal(17), Little Egret(1), Great Northern Diver(1), Red-throated Diver(1), 5 Great Crested Grebe and Mediterranean Gull(4adws). Gulls numbering in excess of 6000 around the bay by the end including 750+ Kittiwake.
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012
Sunday, 1 January 2012
1st w Glaucous Gull at Nicholaston Pill first thing, also 2 Great Northern Divers in the bay (BS).
Great White Egret at Wernffrwd and Pink-footed Goose at Fendrod (RHAT)
Great Grey Shrike at Garw Nant (CPR)