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, 29 December 2014
Yesterday: 2 - 3 ringtail hen harriers and 2 g w egret at Llanrhidian Marsh.
Friday, 26 December 2014
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Friday, 19 December 2014
Thursday, 18 December 2014
|© D. Sharps|
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Monday, 8 December 2014
6 Hawfinches were seen at Fforestganol [GS]
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Yesterday - 6 jack snipe at Green Point. 2 great northern divers Llwyn onn reservoir gorging themselves on crayfish.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
The Dunlin numbers today are the highest I've ever counted at this location and the small wader flock have been gradually increasing in size at Crymlyn for the last few months. This is in stark contrast to Blackpill where they have been largely absent. The displacement will probably be only temporary and once the university campus opens next year the flock are likely roam more widely across the bay. For now this relatively quiet beach is a real joy to watch around high tide and well worth a visit. A GOS field trip is scheduled for next weekend.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
There was a good sized finch flock in the adjacent field which contained 60+ chaffinch, 10 linnet, 3 reed bunting and 3 goldfinch but despite a good search no common rosefinch amongst them.
A quick look of Port Eynon saw 2 med gulls (ad), 1 eider and 2 red-throated diver.
Monday, 1 December 2014
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Saturday, 22 November 2014
A brief stop at Southerndown saw the Snow Bunting still present.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Otherwise on the sea 4 female Common Scoters, a drake Wigeon and 5 Guillemots (plus lots of distant Auk sp on the sea and in flight). The Great Crested Grebes are now 213+ on the Crymlyn Burrows side of Baglan Bay, with c100 off Aberavon Beach. However, conditions were a bit choppy and there are probably more out there.
Monday, 17 November 2014
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Friday, 14 November 2014
Black Redstart 2 around Penarth Marina/Barrage most of month [multi obs]
Osprey over Kenfig Pool 10th [DGC]
Marsh Harrier at Llanrhidian Marsh 9th [JNE]
Water Pipit at Ogmore Est. 9th [NPR]
GND off Mumbles, still present 9th [OG]
GND on Kenfig Pool 8th [DGC]
Brambling reported at Oxwich 8th [OG] & Rudry Common 7th [TF]
Lesser Scaup still at CBWR till 6th at least. [CJ]
Bittern at KNNR 6th [TM]
GGS north of Llwyn-on Res. 1st
Thanks to observers
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
|© J. Garside|
A Kingfisher was at Blackpill this afternoon. Also there 6 Dark-bellied Brent Geese briefly at 14:30 before flying off west and 2 Little Egrets, later flying off east.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Thursday, 30 October 2014
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Friday, 24 October 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Monday, 20 October 2014
Other interest yesterday included :-
Great Skua down channel past Porthcawl (GP)
Curlew Sandpiper, 32+ Sandwich Terns & a few Commic Terns from Dalton's Point (BS)
Saturday, 18 October 2014
1 - 4th October 1970 - D.M. Hanford
Two other records that year both coming from Blackpill
3 - 17th May 1970 - P.G. Lansdown et al
1 - 8th June 1970 - R.A. Hume
Friday, 17 October 2014
|© D. Coombs|
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Of interest - OOC: 300 Ring Ouzels at Dungeness today! Hundreds of skuas in the North Sea + 6 bonxies off Somerset coast & loads of YBWs on the east coast - all heading our way?
Monday, 13 October 2014
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Two Whooper Swans were on Kenfig Pool briefly until being chased off by resident Mute Swans. [multi obs]. Photo from JDW.
A Ring Ouzel was seen at Caerlan Farm [PM & AMe].