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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Friday, 10 January 2014

Gower News

The putative Thayer's Gull [juv] present again this pm, with a Glaucous Gull [juv] and a Kumlien's Gull [juv] also present with over 400 other gulls at Burry Holms. [EAH].


Barry Stewart said...

It's worth pointing out that identity of the Thayer's is still unresolved and recent discussions I've had with those far more knowledgeable than myself suggest the bird appears to fit in the overlap occupied by Thayer's and the dark end of the Kumlien's spectrum. In fact the deeper you look into the variation within these taxa the more complex things get! It's a cracking bird though, so worth seeing all the same and good photos will help in trying to resolve the matter

Meehan said...

Managed to catch with the gull today after high tide. We got some images that may assist. Like you say its a major minefield of overlap. Cracking bird though. GlonkxHerring was on the beach, and plenty of other bits of interest out to sea.

Barry Stewart said...

Well done Matt - look forward to seeing your pics in due course. Hopefully an improvement on mine!