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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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Dowlais Top area, Merthyr

Iceland Gulls x 2 (2nd W & 1st W), mainly viewed from Lidl's carpark at Dowlais top, which gave a good overall vantage point for viewing the area. The gull flock was circling around the area, at times flying over me. An obvious very pale off-white bird, with some faint buffish markings on mantle & wing coverts with very white primaries & secondaries [2nd W] seen first at 13.40, with a second biscuit coloured immature bird [1st W bird], seen at 14.25. Both birds appeared to fly off over Asda. Not relocated. Pontsticill Res was devoid of Gulls at 13hrs - one crossbill flew-over.
27/01: Both 2nd W & 1st W were seen again in same area. [per MCP].

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