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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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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Dead Little Auk at Margam Sands

© D. Coombs
Darren Coombs found a heavily decomposed Little Auk on Margam Sand, this afternoon. Not the prettiest photo, but Darren has done well to lay out what is left of the bird  in a way that all the recognisable parts confirm the species. Apart from size comparison with a dead Razorbill that was close by, which is fairly conclusive on its own; the dusky underwing can be seen and the broad white trailing edge to the secondaries. The head was completely missing but the dark legs also indicate this is a Little Auk.
It's a real shame that we didn't get chance to see this little fella fit and well somewhere offshore in the county, but a good record nonetheless.

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