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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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Thayer's Gull at Burry Holms

Extended lunch break as Sandra desperately wanted to see the Thayer's Gull. No sign amongst the 280+ Herring Gulls on the island when we arrived at 12:00, but at 12:30 just as the rain started I found it perched on top of the island. It also spent a bit of time feeding in the surf off the end of the island, but with the tide in the views weren't great. Took a little video which at 200m in the wind and rain doesn't show anything extra to what's already visible in other shots. Lord Nelson was also there but no sign of any American Herring Gull lookalikes. Scoters much closer today, but no time to check them. Weather improving tomorrow and looking very good for the weekend - let's hope it sticks. Seems the best time to look is the hour after high tide. However HT on Sat is 14:55 so not sure what best option is?

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