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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Monday, 26 August 2013

A bit of Migration

 After a number of years or watching the waders at Crymlyn Burrows Rob Jones and I were able to finally pick up some Curlew Sandpiper (3) at this very important wader staging point.
 It was interesting that the first encounter with the Curlew Sandpiper involved 3 juvenile birds, however, only 2 were present later on and that it is possible that another small group of Curlew Sandpipers were located elsewhere on the beach. Other notable small wader numbers included - Ringed Plover (300+), Sanderling (350+) and Dunlin (150+). Earlier Redshank (73) numbers inside Brunel Dock were still high and must surely produce a vagrant wader in the near future.
 Yesterday, Margam Moors showed some nice migrant action with Whinchat (4) and Yellow Wagtail (13) providing the more notable records.
Also yesterday, the Kenfig Saltmarsh and Scrape held some decent stuff too - Teal (60+), Gadwall (2), Wigeon (1) and  Snipe (36). Also nearby the a Green Sandpiper remained on Morfa Pools.

(MHi, RJ)

Elsewhere today -

Rhaslas - An amazing inland record of 8 Curlew Sandpipers! Plus Garganey still present (MTH)

Whiteford Sands - 1 Little Stint with Ringed Plover and Dunlin (CDB)

Kenfig River and Saltmarsh - Teal (c60), Green Sandpiper, Whinchat, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher (DCo)

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