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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, 2 February 2013

Pontsticill Res, Merthyr

Juvenile/1st-w Glaucous Gull (see photo below) and juvenile/1st-w Iceland Gull in the gull roost late this afternoon. Both arrived with Herring Gulls from the south (Merthyr) and joined the roost about midway between the car park on the west side and sailing club on east side. Glaucous came in at 16.05 and Iceland at 16.45 and at one point seen side by side. Roost comprised c.800 Herring Gulls and c.40 Lesser Black-backeds by time I left at 17.20, though many still arriving as the light rapidly faded.
                                                                  record digiscope photo PB