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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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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Oxwich Bay & Beach

8:00 to 16:00

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.

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