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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, 14 January 2012

Pink-footed Goose in NPT

This morning while walking to the Neath Abbey Saltmarsh the regular Pink-footed Goose flew over with a single Canada Goose. This sighting came just after first light and was presumed to be coming in from a roost and the direction suggested this roost was in Cimla somewhere. Although it spent most of the time feeding in the creeks and out of view it was never far away from the Canada Geese(62 noted).
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?

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