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, 27 February 2012
4th March: There are 2 Bitterns at this site, seen from different hides late evening on 4th. [per MCP]
The RSPB will not have dedicated field staff to monitor Bitterns in 2012. However Bitterns continue to increase in England (no data for Wales), from the Action for Birds in England:
I. An increase in the number of booming males up from 87 in 2010 to 104 in 2011
II. An increase in the number of confirmed nests, up from 41 (2010) to 63 in 2011
III. An increase in the number of sites holding booming Bitterns, with 51 sites occupied.
IV. Increase in nesting attempts & booming males in the Avalon Marshes, Somerset.
V. Confirmed nesting at Stodmarsh in Kent, first for 40 years.
Good news indeed.
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Saturday, 25 February 2012
|5 of 13+ Water Pipit at the Thaw River|
Friday, 24 February 2012
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Worth keeping an eye out for if you're in the area.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
In its first full month this Blog generated viewing totals that were roughly 3,150 this has steadily increased over the year and last month the viewing figures produce a blog high of almost 6,300.
One of the main reasons why this Blog works is due to the vast amount of work that David Gilmore and Barry Stewart do in the background. The various lists and reports are products of their tireless work, collecting and subsequently presenting the interesting information into manageable tabloid style sections.
The other reason why it has been so popular is in no small part down to the authors of this Blog that keep the news up to date and provide some breathtaking photos along the way.
I'm looking forward to following this Blog for more years to come and offer sincere thanks to all of the contributors that make it work. Lastly, thanks to all readers for providing the motivation that drives our contributors to produce such high standards.
Monday, 13 February 2012
H. Morrey Salmon
Ornithologist & Glamorgan County Bird Recorder c1919-1967, Author of the Birds of Glamorgan.
Pictured when he was a Lieutenant & Adjutant, 16th (Cardiff City) Battalion, The Welch Regt. at Ypres in 1917. Morrey Salmon was awarded the Military Cross & Bar in the Great War.
Note the hessian netting to stop enemy artillery & sniper observation of British troop movements.
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Smew still at Hendre Lake - J. Wilson
Black-necked Grebe still Prospect Place - G. Powell
Iceland Gull (ad) Ogmore Est. - D. Rich
Iceland Gull still at Pen-y-Bryn - R. Taylor
White-fronted Goose still at Neath Saltmarsh but origin unclear
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
A rather distant record shot of the grebe, which was feeding off the yacht marina. Best viewed from otherside of river in front of Ferry Court. This bird was present here on 6/02.
Bonaparte's Gull again at Cardiff Heliport 5/02 [per PB]