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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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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Llanrhidian roost

Andrew Lucas and I were treated to a Llanrhidian special this evening with lots of good birds. We arrived at Marsh Road around 15:30 and the action continued until it was nearly too dark to see through the telescope.

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)

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