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.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Typical of a juvenile Marsh Harrier seen at this time of year this bird shows a evenly dark plumage to the upperparts, with a pale fringe that runs along the edge of the coverts. However, Marsh Harrier plumages are extremely variable and so the fresh-looking feathers with no sign of any wing-moult also give weight to this bird being this year's juvenile.
A minimum of 3 Marsh Harriers in the area today, with a female and juvenile seen this morning, at Llanrhidian (BS)
Friday, 25 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
On the 10th of August – when the media’s attention is turning towards grouse moors and the start of the ‘Inglorious 12th’ – Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) intend to highlight the scandal of the widespread illegal persecution of Hen Harriers on upland grouse moors and celebrate one of our most iconic birds of prey.
Follow the link HERE to find out more about the campaigns, background and Hen Harrier Day events.
I think we can show our support on this blog, or any blog, website, twitter etc., by flooding social media with photos of Hen Harriers or describing accounts of Hen Harriers sightings from the past. I've got a handful of Hen Harrier photos from over the years, none of which are going to win any competitions, but I've kept them all because every Hen Harrier sighting is special and each photo means something. The way things are going we certainly shouldn't rely on any future re-introduction scheme as some sort of insurance that these birds won't be lost completely. I hope some of you might join me to post loads of photos of Hen Harriers on the day, and we can show our support to this very worthy cause.
There are also various petitions that can be signed online. Links to some of them will be posted here shortly.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Friday, 11 July 2014
The description of the bird together and the apparent weather around the time of the sighting in addition to the time of year in which the sighting was made suggest this bird was a juvenile bird disoriented and displaced by extreme weather conditions.
Thanks and congratulations go to Jim for reporting this sighting of a bird, as far as I'm aware, not previously recorded in Neath Port Talbot. Thanks also to Dave for passing on this news.
This Quail was a fairly popular bird judging by the number of birders who travelled to see/hear it; pleasing county (life), life and patch listers alike. At just over halfway through the year it would appear that our recording area is on for a good year for scarce or rarer birds. The sort year that the county year list might be broken, if anyone was going for it? I'm not of course and this Quail became my rather unflattering 300th bird for the UK and 248 on my Glamorgan list. These figures will never trouble the really serious county listers who will be absolutely miles ahead, or indeed interest those who see listing as pointless. I find it does offer a good means of self motivation to get out and record, and any ensuing friendly rivalry can't do any harm either.
Recently, I was reliably informed (not naming any names - NPR), at only halfway through the year that 1st July marks the start of autumn (in migration terms) and judging by the increasing numbers of passage seabirds and waders being reported recently I'm happy to go along with that. Certainly I'll be hoping, as I'm sure we all are, that the second half will be as good, if not better, than the first...
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
The Great White Egret was present around the saltmarsh at Kenfig this morning. Fairly mobile, at one point looking like it was heading for Somerset, but later returned. (DCo)