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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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Crymlyn Burrows and Mumbles

Crymlyn Burrows - My previous highest count of Sanderlings in West Glam was taken on 26th Feb 2011, during a Beached Bird Survey along Aberavon Beach. That day 529 Sanderlings were between the Neath River mouth and Afan River mouth. Today, during the same survey my previous record fell easily to 684 Sanderlings on Crymlyn Burrows. There were also 600+ Dunlins along with about 50+ Ringed Plover and 3 Grey Plover. On the falling tide small waders, mainly Dunlins, were flying in to feed along the shore which was great to see. Lots of gulls about too 300+ Common Gulls were notable and a 2nd W Med gull was the best I could manage. 3 Stonechat pairs in the dunes also very nice.
Later to Mumbles for an afternoon Harbour Porpoise watch saw Common Scoter (11), Eider (1f), Red-throated Diver (2) and Great Crested Grebe (1). No Porps!

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