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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Monday, 31 December 2012
5 Waxwing at The Quays, Baglan (LR)
4 Short-eared Owl near Rhaslas Pool (MW)
10 Waxwings at Melrose Avenue, Penylan, Cardiff (JS)
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Friday, 28 December 2012
Waxwing  at Penylan - Roath Court Rd.
Little Egret  at Hendre Lake, St. Mellons - roost site
Bittern at Kenfig (LR)
Bittern at Swansea Vale LNR (MHu)
Snow Bunting still at Aberavon Beach (JS)
Short-eared Owl at Baglan Dunes, Aberavon (DMC)
Black-throated Diver at Eglwys (ND) (see below)
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Coed Cefn-Fforest (MB)
25+ Waxwing at Roath Clinic, Cardiff (BK)
2 Yellow-legged Gulls at Cosmeston (AB)
Black Redstart - Cardiff BarrageChristmas Day
Snow Bunting - Aberavon Beach (GL)) (see below)
3 Waxwing at Bryncoch Post Office, Neath (BA)
|(c) N Dallimore|
|(c) N Dallimore|
Thursday, 27 December 2012
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
The Snow Bunting found yesterday by Gary Lewis was still present this morning. Judging by Gary's description of where he saw it yesterday, it was further along the beach NW and nearer the Neath River today. It flew from the dunes, or possibly the BP Baglan area, before settling to feed along the highest tide strand-line at the base of the dunes. (SS721921)
Also of note from the area, 23 Raven flew over together in a loose group heading SE and nearby 4 Mediterranean Gulls were with a decent flock of gulls (inc 100+ Common Gulls) feeding on the flooded playing fields.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
News from BBRC & WRP: All taking effect from 1/01/2013
Glossy Ibis is now no longer considered a national rarity and becomes a Welsh Records Panel species
Ring-billed Gull will stay a WRP species
Bearded Tit is now only considered by WRP for descriptions outside Gwent breeding & dispersal area*
Richard's Pipit is now a GRC D-List species
Wood Lark is now a GRC D-List species
*: I have asked for clarification as to the extent of the 'dispersal area' concerning Eastern Glamorgan.
Monday, 24 December 2012
|(c) Jacob Spendelow|
Best Wishes to everyone over the festive period and the very best of luck.
Many thanks go to Jacob Spendelow for providing the image (Don't panic; it was taken in West Virginia!) who owns a fantastic website and wanted to wish us "Happy holidays and good birding."
Please take a moment to visit his site by clicking on the photo or via the link below
Dalton's Point - 3 f/imm Scaup (CDB, HO)
Penclawdd Pill - 2 Spotted Redshank (CDB)
Whiteford - 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Slavonian Grebe (DP)
Swansea Vale LNR - 1 Bittern still (JE & GE)
Roath Court Rd, Cardiff - 50+ Waxwing (CH)
Cardiff Barrage - 1m Black REdstart (GP)
Rhaslas Pond - 4 Short-eared Owl (MW)
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Seawatching from Tutt Head 8:30 to 9:30
2 Red-throated Diver; also 20+ Razorbill, 6+ Guillemot and Auk sp on the sea.
nearby 1 Little Egret on the University playing fields was working the significant amounts of standing water there.
Friday, 21 December 2012
Llanrhidian - 1 Great White Egret, 3(1m2f) Hen Harrier, 2 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl (NE)
River Rhymney, Ystrad Mynach - 1 Bittern this morning (KW)
Swansea Vale NR - 1 Bittern still (AL)
Cardiff Barrage - 2 Black Redstart (GP)
Wellington Street, Cardiff - c20 Waxwings (TF)
Llanrhidian - 2 Great White Egret (BS)
Sully - 1 Waxwing (JPH)
Oxwich - 1 Black Redstart (IT)
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
60+ Waxwing Princes St, Roath & 70+ Waxwing New Zealand Road, Whitchurch , Cardiff (CH)
3 Waxwing Schooner Street, Cardiff (SS)
Bittern still at Swansea Vale NR (per AWF) [probably since 11/12/12]
Black Redstart at Cardiff Bay (GP)
Black Redstart at Pencoed (PL)
Scaup from Salthouse Point ( 8 on Sat 15th, MHu), (4 on Sun 16th, AL)
Spotted Redshank at Penclawdd Pill (1 on Sat 15th, CDB), (1 on Sun 16th, AL)
2 Waxwing at Cosmeston CP on Sat 15th (MB), (AB) [New for Site]
Almost immediately on arrival a female Hen Harrier showed well and she showed off and on for about 20mins during which time she disturbed a male Hen Harrier that hunted thereafter, till the end. A Barn Owl and Short-eared Owl were found as the light began to fade and pretty quickly after that there were 2 Barn Owl hunting, one showing particularly well. A Merlin flew through and at very last (useful) light 2 Great White Egret flew in together from Llanrhidian Pill.
2 Great White Egret, 2(m+f) Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl
Earlier some seawatching from Rhossili was fairly uneventful 3000+ Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver and c200 Auks (mainly Razorbills and activity around the Worm showed many birds returning to ledges)
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Snow Bunting still at Sker (DGC)
Black Redstart on pebble beach at Sker (GR)
No sign today in Neath, at Milland Rd or Stockhams Corner
86 at Fishguard Road, Llanishen, Cardiff (MCP)
4 over MacGregor Row, Maesteg (IL)
Baglan Bay - 7 Wigeon, 1f Common Scoter, 301 Great Crested Grebe (113 Aberavon + 188 Crymlyn) & good numbers of Gulls on Crymlyn Beach (2000+) - mainly Herring Gulls
Snow Bunting still at Sker
1 Morriston (JE)
8 Stockhams Corner, Neath (NE, RJ)
20+ Heath, Cardiff
13 Craddock St, Riverside, Cardiff (AB)
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
Sunday, 9 December 2012
c120 Fishguard Road & surrounds, Llanishen, Cardiff (PB) (separate to Heath flock please see comments)
200+ around Rhydelig Avenue, Heath, Cardiff (multi obs)
10 at Margam crematorium briefly, this afternoon. (GM)
2 in Neath. Initially on rose bush, Milland Road (SS74099719) before moving to Stockhams Corner roundabout. Feeding on ornamental berry tree at last light (SS75229694) (RJ et al)
Saturday, 8 December 2012
The juv. Pink-footed Goose is at Cosmeston CP with Canada Geese.
Long-tailed Duck earlier at Burry Port Harbour.
A report of a Richard's Pipit this morning, but no further details.
Friday, 7 December 2012
Thursday, 6 December 2012
[NB. Large green dots are the period 2000 to 2011 and small green dots show pre 2000 records]
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
12 in Barry (SPH)
277+ at roost Bangor Street, Roath (RGS). Earlier 4 were seen to fly into a window in this area and unfortunately died (PKG).
PLEASE NOTE: The sightings of Waxwings feeding in Princes St (Roath) refer to berry trees in Roath Court Road, which is off Princes St - there are NO berry trees in Princes St.
Llanrhidian Marsh (16:00 to 16:45, 2/12/12)
2 Short-eared Owl & 1 Barn Owl (AL)
Swansea Bay & Baglan Bay (2/12/12)
2 separate counts of Great Crested Grebe on this day
From Swansea Docks looking into Bagaln Bay 329, all off Crymlyn Burrows (RJ)
From Blackpill 137+ (BW-D, WW-D)
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Penmaen - 29 Waxwing flew east over Great Tor (BS)
Neath - 6+ Waxing lower Cimla Road to Dyfed Road (NE)
Cardiff - Waxwing numbers continue to grow at the regular locations. 200+ (multi obs)
Rhaslas Pond - 1 Short-eared Owl, today (CJo); 5 Short-eared Owl (possibly up to 8), yesterday (MB)
Broughton (11:20 to 13:00) - Very little on the sea except 2f Common Scoter and 1 Slavonian Grebe. A good search for the Velvet Scoter was unsuccessful here and a wider search found only small groups of Common Scoter just off Burry Holms. Also on the beach at low tide 100+ Brent Geese, those seen well enough were Dark-bellied.
Crymlyn Burrows (14:00 to 16:00) - 26 common Scoter and 191 Great Crested Grebe.