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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.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Note: If you have any sightings of this nature please pass them on to the relevant CR. Many thanks.
Late News: 27th Male Bearded Tit in CBWR [see GBC for photo].
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Sunday, 23 February 2014
|Video grab of one of the two 2cy Iceland Gulls on Rhossili Beach.|
Note the slightly darker outer webs of the outer primaries.
Saturday, 22 February 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014
In this instance, decent record shots mean that the identification of this bird can be discussed openly and possibly provide help to others who might see this bird elsewhere or another like it sometime in the future.
The bird appears to me to be a Leucistic Herring Gull because the structure looks good for Herring Gull or Glaucous Gull but without the heavy bill that would be more strikingly marked on a Glaucous Gull. i.e. it doesn't show the dipped in ink bill tip of a Glaucous Gull. This bird shows a dark eye, indicating a 2nd cal yr bird and therefore ruling out the unlikely scenario of the bill showing dull features that you might find on a bird in transition from 3rd cal yr to sub-adult.
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Thursday, 20 February 2014
It is quite possible that between the two sites either side of the estuary that a sizable flock of Snow Buntings has wintered, maybe 10 or more. Rob informed me that he has seen small flocks of Snow Buntings moving between the two sites in the past, or at least made observations that would support this theory.
Whatever the case it's good to know the area is holding good numbers of Snow Buntings this winter and maybe with this the chance of a Shorelark dropping in if we're lucky. Definitely worth a look in my opinion.
Also today Rob found 1 each of Guillemot, Razorbill and Puffin washed up dead along Whitford Beach.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
A Black-headed Gull ringed in Gdansk, Poland 2010 was at Barry Docks 19/02/2014 [MCP].
Another BHG was at the Knap Pool 19/02/2014 which was ringed in Stavanger, Norway (Darvic white J8CC) [MCP]
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
|© D. Coombs|
It's a real shame that we didn't get chance to see this little fella fit and well somewhere offshore in the county, but a good record nonetheless.
Monday, 17 February 2014
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Saturday, 15 February 2014
|© D. Coombs|
Elsewhere in the county Lesser Scaup is still at Cosmeston CP, Long-tailed Duck still at the Knapp (Barry), 2 Black-throated Divers at Barry Docks and Little Gulls at Ogmore(2), Aberavon (4+) & south of Loughor Bridge
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Late news: A Lesser Whitethroat (race unknown) seen feeding in a Roath garden 10th Feb, together with 4 Blackcaps. [Per GRC]
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Monday, 10 February 2014
It is incredibly frustrating not knowing where this bird is when its not showing from the public areas. However, there is no excuse to trespass in order to try and see the bird. A handful of permits are issued each year to allow WEBs counts and other survey work to be done, so any further reported incidents will jeopardise the relationship between the land owners and volunteer surveyors. Please be mindful of this.
The Ross's Gull has been reported less frequently today, but it did return to the shore and pier northwest of the Afan River mouth between 14:00 till 14:30 at least. In addition to this there are some reports of it showing along the Afan River during the day.
PLEASE DO NOT enter the private land beyond the gates at the end of Riverside Road where it meets the public footbridge over the Afan River. Although the gates are open, signs clearly warn against unauthorised access. Private security will be asked to respond to birders that are trespassing here. Thank you.
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014
I've always dreamed of seeing a Ross's Gull, not even contemplated finding one. However, the circumstances surround this find leave me feeling a little empty. And so it goes..
I've written the circumstances surrounding my find a few times and it doesn't ever get better.
Basically, I saw this bird from distance in a howling gale and thought it was a 1st W Little Gull. Closed the distance and had a look through the bins. It struck me as being a bit pale, but still the coin didn't drop! Managed to find the bird in the camera, took a record shot of it flying away. Then it gained a bit of height and flew up river. I didn't see it again.
Got home had a look at the photo on the computer - oh no! It's ok it can't be one. I'd better go back down and have another look for it. Not there. Had another look on the computer at the photo - it's got to be one. Ring Barry - he agrees. So here we are.
The location of the sighting is SS749886. The bird was seen flying up the Afan river at 12:45 and lost from view. It was not seen amongst the gulls gathered up river near the outfall (SS757896)
Things to note are 1) there is a very big gull roost inside Port Talbot Docks but this cannot be accessed without a permit 2) the gulls inside Port Talbot Dock will be forced out from there on a high tide 3) this bird was seen around high tide.
It will be looked for inside the Port Talbot Docks tomorrow morning and there will be other birders on the public side of the Afan in contact with those inside the docks. If it is re-found inside the docks tomorrow then news will be relayed as best we can.
Parking for this area is SS748891 - do not block emergency access to the beach here. Or lots of packing along the beach front.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Later on I visited to find the bird in good health. Alert, aggressive and flapping its wings like crazy; I decided it would be best to get the bird back to sea quickly. I took it to Aberavon Beach and released it into the Afan River where the Harbour Short-arm was providing some protection from the still strong winds. It dived 3 times before flying out strongly, low over the water and beyond the harbour breakwater.
As some reward an Ad Little Gull was showing well in the small bay between the Afan River and Jackstones Pier. The Little Gull was still present this afternoon on the Aberavon beach side of the pier, seen by T Tovey and R Anderson.
Late News: 6th, Glaucous Gull [ad] & Little Gull [ad] both at Burry Holms, Gower [EAH]
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
The GND is still present at Llwyn-on Res. and the Great Grey Shrike is still present at Garwnant. [MTH]
Late News: 4th A Long-tailed Duck (fem/imm type) was on the Knap Pool, Barry. A first for this site. [RN & LN]
News from 3rd Feb.
Lesser Scaup at Cosmeston CP & BNG still in Cardiff Bay. [per BirdGuides]
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Otherwise some good stuff included 22 Eiders, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Norther Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebes & 2 Peregrines from Whiteford. Also 2 Great White Egrets and a Merlin at Llanrhdian. Golden Plovers and Lapwings filling the skies in their thousands was seen regularly throughout the day, and each time always special.
Special thanks to Darren Coombs and Rob Jones for their significant help today. Also Becky Sharp, Dave Pritchard, Peter Douglas-Jones, Gary Light and Colin Stevenson for coming along on a most enjoyable day out.
It is also worth noting that Bob Tallack recorded 6 Snow Buntings at Broughton Bay, on 17th December 2013, which is about 1km SW of yesterday's sighting (SS430942). It seems likely that these are the same birds and, that they have wintered in this area. I haven't had chance to compare how this seemingly high count fairs against other database counts, but Rob Jones gave an anecdotal account of between 12-15 Snow Buntings on the Outer Worm many years ago.