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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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ring-billed Gull around Neath

 The 1st W Ring-billed Gull was showing well in the same general area, again this morning. It flew in to join other gulls on the riverbank at 08:45, but only stayed for about 10 mins before flying off towards Cwrt Herbert playing fields. Later it was relocated with the mainly Black-headed Gull flock on those fields, which can be viewed from Neath Abbey Road. It spent about an hour here, and was quite mobile between fields and lamp posts, between 09:00 to 10:00 before flying off towards Neath centre.
 Later a quick check of the Neath Saltmarsh gull roost at high tide (from Milland Rd Ind Est) found the bird present amongst the other gulls 11:15 to 11:45. The gathered gulls were quite flighty on this occasion and it remained distant.

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