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, 30 September 2013
Sunday, 29 September 2013
In many ways, plumage-wise, it was similar to a bird I saw on Skokholm earlier in the autumn, whereby the upper-parts, in particular around the head, would appear plain and not barred. From some angles and in some lights this bird would appear similar to an adult female bird. However, the barring on the mantle and upper-tail coverts show this bird is in it's 1st year.
Some early murmurings had agreed that it might be worth checking for Brown Shrike. The bird showed a dark brown mask but not very dark, the upper-parts showed more contrast between head, back and tail than one would expect from a concolourous, generally darker plumaged Brown Shrike and the outer tail feathers appeared to be clean white rather than pale. The primary projection shown by this bird was not the usual > 1/2 exposed tail length for Red-backed Shrike although still longer that one would expect for Brown Shrike which is normally much shorted than 1/2 exposed tail length. A good looking juv/1st W Rd-backed Shrike and a very nice find by Alastair, which was enjoyed by 10+ birders paying their respects.
Also in the area a probable Wryneck - brief flight views given to a couple of birders independently from the same area as the R-b S. Blackcap (3), Garden Warbler (1), Chiffchaff (10+), Goldcrest (3) & Spotted Flycatcher (4)
AWF, MHi, RJ, JNE et al
RJ, MHi, BS
|Red-backed Shrike distribution map for vc41|
2013 record in black, all others red with pre-2000 shown as open circles
|Firecrest distribution map for vc41|
Saturday, 28 September 2013
Friday, 27 September 2013
At Crymlyn Burrows around HT - Wigeon (1), Teal (1), Great Crested Grebe (1), Ringed Plover (232), Grey Plover (3), Knot (8), Sanderling (372), Bar-tailed Godwit (1), Stonechat (8), Spotted Flycatcher (1) & Goldfinch (c60). Also Swallows heading east, not big numbers but steady movement.
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Sanderling numbers are holding nicely around the 350 mark, there were 353 on thursday of which 35 were juveniles. Ringed Plovers are regularly c250 strong and 20 Knots also this morning. Yesterday, there were 4 Great Crested Grebes in the bay; today, no sign of the bay!
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Lavernock LNR shelter
Bonxie 1 UC
Arctic Skua 1 dark phase UC
Manx 4 all DC
Gannet 5 all DC
Kittiwake juv UC
Turnstone 8 DC probably making for Sully Is. roost.
House Martin 10+
Lesser Whitethroat 1
16/09: A juvenile Sabine's Gull past Porthcawl [GP]. Also there Bonxie & Arctic Skua [PH & MJB]
16/09: 1 (sp) Great Northern Diver and 2 Great Skuas past Port Talbot Harbour during an evening sea watch [RJ]
Sunday, 15 September 2013
|(c) Rob Thomas [cropped but otherwise unedited]|
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Rubbish video here, but bird readily identifiable from this and five merged phone'scope video grabs below.
|Marsh Harrier is more of a spring bird in Glamorgan, but there is a good spread of records throughout the year.|
2013 records centred black, the Burry records presumably relating to the same bird.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Neath Saltmarsh - Canada Geese (149) & Little Egret (1)
Yesterday evening at Brunel Dock - Little Egret (1), Ringed Plover (1), Dunlin (29) & Redshank (89)
Crymlyn Burrows - Mute Swan (4 past -> east) Common Scoter (4 past -> west), Great Crested Grebe (1 on sea - 1st this autumn), Ringed Plover (252), Sanderling (294), Dunlin (164) & Turnstone (9)
20 Spotted Flycatchers seen on the Cefn On Ridge [NJD]. The highest count for this species in East Glam since 1978.
|Distribution of Curlew Sandpiper records in Glamorgan with 2013 records centred black|