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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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.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Recent sightings

Some notable migrants beginning to filter through the county in the last few days include.

Wood Sandpiper at Llanilid 30th but no sign 31st (NPR, AH)

Garganey at Cardiff Bay 28th but no sign 29th (ABv)

2 Garganey at RGW 29th (AP, CE)

Monday, 30 July 2012

Cardiff Foreshore

Evening seawatch from RGW: Great Skua chasing gulls this evening & adult Yellow-legged Gull.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Seawatching from Tutt Head 18/07/12

From Simon Murray

2 Great Skua
1 Sandwich Tern

past Mumbles Head yesterday evening

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Thursday, 5 July 2012

June Round-up

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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Pomarine Skuas past Mumbles

From Simon Murray and Peter Murray.

Seawatching from Tutt Head 15:00 to 18:00

5 Pomarine Skua (all pale phase, at least 2 with spoons. 4 together at 16:00 and a single bird at 16:10 passing d/c (west))

50+Manx, 3+Guillemot, 10+ Gannet & 7+ Mediterranean Gull

Arctic Skuas past Kenfig Rivermouth

From Gwyn Randall

2 Arctic Skuas (1pale phase and 1 dark phase) were watched passing Kenfig river mouth late morning.
Birds were seen to head off in a SE direction.