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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Monday, 7 April 2014

To be or not to be a GLAUCOUS GULL

                                                                     6th Apr 2014
                                                                  21st Feb 2014

Initially Identified as Iceland Gull, then Leucistic Herring Gull and finally Glaucous Gull in February, There were still some doubts over the bill pattern [or lack of it], this was all down to mud covering the "dipped in ink" pattern. I have no doubt this is the same bird as in February which has been seen sporadically since in the area associating with small groups of Herring Gull. The now uncovered bill is classic for Glaucous Gull. Hats off to all those who correctly identified it without relying on this feature. 


Paul Parsons said...

Still present this afternoon (BB).

Paul Parsons said...

Still present this afternoon, seen flying in over parc slip.