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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

Possible Kumlien's Gull, Cardiff

1st winter/2nd cy gull seen from the barrage between 08:45-09:10 02/03/2014. Bird was c.1 km out in the Bristol Channel when first seen and stayed a long way off shore for most of the time. Finally came in to about 500-600m and I managed some very distant shots. Last seen sat on the sea drifting down channel on the falling tide.
Small white-winged gull (smaller than accompanying Herring Gulls), round head seen when sat on the seas indicates Iceland/Kumlien's. Primaries paler than rest of wing feathers but still appeared dirty at the range seen.
Photos are 100% crops and the best of the ones taken so not much more to be gleaned.

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