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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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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Iceland Gulls in Oxwich Bay

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?

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