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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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The Glamorgan Rarities Committee, in conjunction with the Glamorgan Bird Club & Gower Wildlife , have agreed to co-operate with the Welsh Ornithological Society in the sharing of bird records & photographs in the interest of keeping accurate records and to promote birdwatching in North, Mid & South Wales.
Monday, 30 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Anyway there were up to 3 Puffins present today including a fairly distant two and a closer single bird. The bird shown above was under the breeding ledges of the Auks and Kittiwakes and was a nice reward for Darren Coombs and me following a long wait without any sign of Puffins. In fact it took about 2hrs to find any Puffins and they only came to the sea under the ledges just before we needed to start our return journey to the mainland. The initial distant sightings were 2 birds on the sea south of the outer head.
I've not been to Worms Head for many years and even longer since I ventured to the outer head. Having now spent a few hours there today it seems to me that the optimal place to look for the Puffins is from Devil's Bridge, which gives a good view of the sea below the breeding ledges and also the sea south of Worms Head.
If not familiar with the going underfoot then I would describe the route out to the outer head as challenging in places and a bit of a scramble at times. The causeway open times are displayed on a board next to the path leading down from the lookout station. The period when it is safe to cross between the mainland and inner head is generally 5 hrs split over the low tide mark i.e. 2+1/2 hours either side of the low water time. Certainly this special location is well worth a visit and seeing our very own breeding Guillemots and Razorbills on the ledges is very entertaining and rewarding.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Friday, 13 June 2014
A cracking bird and a very welcome surprise for most of us, apart that is for Rob Mitchell who pretty much predicted it! Mind you Rob has a track record of his own with rare herons in Glamorgan so perhaps his prediction had a certain amount of inevitability attached.
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Apologise to Peter also, for some substandard news distribution on my part. Luckily there are lots of far more reliable bird news services that make sure the news of this importance gets out quickly. Hopefully, the bird will show again later today.
Sunday, 8 June 2014
The Ogmore Bonaparte's Gull is still in circulation due to confirmation of exact dates and observers (March - last date & brief April reappearance 2013) and not due to ID.
Thanks also to all observers who have submitted their local rarities via BirdTrack [emails to CR's]
Friday, 6 June 2014
Note: The GRC Nightjar survey is still ongoing in 2014, so please keep the records coming. Thanks.