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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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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Black Brant at Penclawdd

Some info which hopefully will be of use for anyone intending to go looking for what has been a rather elusive Black Brant this winter. Until today there have only been a handful off sightings of this bird, all from the Landimore end of the main Brent feeding area (shown yellow), which does not get looked at very much by anyone as far as I know.  I do check the flocks fairly regularly between Llanrhidian and Penclawdd, so it seems it's probably been stuck down there all this time. Today on what was a very big tide, a large part of the usually dispersed flocks were congregated in the upper section of the estuary (shown red) feeding on flotsam, but I'm guessing as the tide dropped the bird ended up back down the Landimore end. Seems obvious but I should add that the chances of seeing the bird are massively increased on a high tide, the bigger the better.

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