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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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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.
Monday, 27 May 2013
Saturday, 25 May 2013
It's a cracking bird and I enjoyed watching it consume a number of bumble bees one of which looked like the Tree Carder Bee (B. hypnorum). Luckily they're quite common now. Good company too, today. (RJ, MOx, DP, GP, JR, SRH, DL, AMe, NS et al)
8 Whimbrel, 249 Ringed Plover, 173 Dunlin and 54 sanderling. No other wader species was also quite interesting I thought.
Marsh Harrier [fem] over Green Lane, Wentloog Cardiff/Newport border at 15.00hrs heading east [Newport UA] seen to go down into reeds c1.5km from lane near railway bridge (nr. Port 'o' Call pub) at Broadway Reen.
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Bird was in low scrub and gorse just east of the new footbridge on the West Glam side of the river.
Also seen briefly earlier by MHn,PP and PT who were there when we arrived.
Update: Shrike near bridge across reedbed, but mobile 14.30hrs. West Glam side only [per GR]
Purple Heron still present at Kenfig saltmarsh this am.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
|(c) R. Jones|
|(c) M. Hipkin|
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
3 Great Skua
Port Tolbot Docks 11:30 to 16:00 (MHi, RJ)
2 (pm) Arctic Skuas past west at 15:10, otherwise not a great deal of close by movement which contributed to 6 sightings of unidentified skuas at distance, either coming in with the wind or just lost sat on the sea. A Gannet sat on the exposed sand inside the harbour, following a heavy downpour, seems worthy of a mention. As does the fact that the Arctic Skuas were found during "just one last scan', which of course then turned into staying on for 45 more minutes!
Common Scoter (4), Manx Shearwater (3), Fulmar (4), Gannet (1), Whimbrel (6), Arctic Skua (2 pale morph), Kittiwake (11) and Arctic Tern (1)
|weighted distribution of Arctic Tern in Glamorgan|
|weighted distribution of Common Tern in Glamorgan|
Friday, 10 May 2013
|Dark morph Arctic Skua|
5 (all pm) Pomarine Skuas and 3 (2 dm + 1 pm) Arctic Skuas were the highlights
|Pale morph Pomarine Skuas|
It makes sense that springtime passage should produce good skua days in South Wales, with the skuas heading back north in good numbers, and especially with winds blowing into our bays and channels. There is the added bonus also, that many of them own full streamers at this time, which make the id process a little easier.
NOTE Port Talbot Docks is access by permit only, however I don't doubt that regular seawatching haunts either side of this location would have experience at least the same rewards today, and probably better?
Aythya sp. (1), Great Crested Grebe (3), Fulmar (4), Gannet (2), Pomarine Skua (5), Arctic Skua (3), Sandwich Tern (4), Whimbrel (4), Grey Plover (2) and Dunlin (7)
Pomarine Skua video
Thursday, 9 May 2013
1 Arctic Skua. Also Common Scoter (15), Gannet (76), Manx Shearwater (25), Great Crested Grebe (1) and Whimbrel (1)
1 Bonxie upriver at 17:50. Also D-b Brent (1), Gannet (4), Whimbrel (50+) and Sandwich Tern (1)
2 pale Pomarine Skuas with spoons, 1 dark Arctic Skua and 1 Arctic Tern were the highlights.
There wasn't a great deal of passage but there was an aggregation of birds off the long arm. c100 birds, mainly Fulmar (c20), Herring Gull (c40) and Kittiwake (c40). The Skuas were in amongst this group and were not particularly attacking the group but seemed to be feeding from the surface where the outflow often attracts gulls. The dark Arctic was seen at very close range initially around 18:40 and then presumably the same individual was thereafter present further out, showing on and off. At 19:30 pale phase Skua finally broke the horizon giving side on views of the spoons, following about 20 mins of tantalising brief views in-between waves. Incredibly at the very same moment another Pomarine Skua got up in the same view, showing nicely from the side. All three Skuas were still in the general area at 20:35 when I left.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
The only records of this bird away from the observation hotspots are St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay, Northumberland on 9/4/13. This was 23 days after it was last reported in France and it turned up in Iceland 40 days after the St Mary's Island sighting. Prior to Rob's find this bird was last reported in France 26 days earlier.
|weighted distribution of Sanderling in Glamorgan|
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Common Scoter (24), Great Northern Diver (1), Whimbrel (20), Dunlin (41), Sandwich Tern (4) and "Commic" Tern (2). Also a small trickle of Hirundines heading west (c250) mainly Swallows, but a few Sand Martins and a House Martin also.
Some encouraging Cuckoo sightings from the last few days with a male at Pant-y-sais (3/5/13), 2+ male at Crymlyn Bog and a female at Pant-y-sais (4/5/13) and a female (above) at Port Talbot, today.