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, 12 May 2014

Some seawatching highlights around Glamorgan (11/5 and 10/5)

Porthcawl - 06:00 to 09:30 Sun 11th May [MHi, DCo et al]

Storm Petrel (23)
Arctic Skua (2 dark phase on the sea from about 07:30, one lingering till 09:30)
Skua sp (4 together briefly took to flight at great range before dropping down on the sea again & not seen again 06:50)
Common Scoter (2)
Whimbrel (1)
Turnstone (5)
Dunlin (58)
Arctic Tern (20)
Sandwich Tern (1)
Swift (2)
Gannets, Fulmars and Kittiwakes in small number but no Manx Shearwaters

Sker Point 06:10 to 08:05 Sun 11th May [DGC]

Storm Petrel (c10)
Skua sp (4 together at 07:40, were probably Pomarine Skuas)
'Commic' Tern (1)

Tutt Head - 12:30 to 14:30 Sat 10th May [J. Garside]

Storm Petrel (1)
Manx Shearwater (6)
Also nearby Whimbrel (92) at Blackpill

Tutt Head - 06:30 to 09:00 Sun 11th May [OG]

Storm Petrel (1)
Manx Shearwater (14)
Red-throated Diver (1)
'Commic' Tern (4 were probably Common Terns)

Aberavon Esplanade Nth end 15:30 to 18:00 Sun 11th May [MHi, RSh]

Arctic Skua (1+ dark phase seen repeatedly off the Port Talbot Harbour and flying into Swansea Bay)
Great Skua (1+ seen repeatedly off the Port Talbot Harbour and flying into Swansea Bay)
Whimbrel (1)

Tutt Head - 17:45 to 19:00 Sun 11th May [SLM]

Pomarine Skua ( 4 - A group of 3 pale phase ads and an imm past at 18:00)

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