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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Saturday, 30 August 2014


There are now two Black-necked Grebes on Lisvane Res. The long-staying individual has been joined for a second time by another, this time a juvenile. This new bird has arrived during the night or earlier this am, as only the regular bird was present yesterday. [PB]

A couple of record shots from this evening with PB. This is the new BNG, which clearly shows the buffish wash to the ear-coverts and grey-buff to the neck. The dull eye and indistinct cap all suggest that this bird is a juvenile and not the moulting adult present for one day on the 26th Aug. This is now the third Black-necked Grebe to be present at Lisvane Res. in the past five days. 

Also present yesterday were a Swift & Green Sandpiper. Today a Common Sandpiper is present.

Thursday, 28 August 2014


Rhaslas is beginning to warm-up passage wise with Common Tern [3] today & a fem/imm type Marsh Harrier there 25th. [MTH] A Common Tern past Sker Point [DGC].

A Spotted Redshank was on RGW [RM] & a Swift over Lavernock Point [JDW].

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Lisvane Res - Just the winter plumaged BNG there today & 3 Black Terns past through about 14.30, off high to the south. [MCP]

A Ruff f/o Kenfig Pool this am. [ND]

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

BNG x 2 at Lisvane Res.

    Two BNGs together at Lisvane Res. this afternoon. Well done to Alan Cripps.

Other News:
Red-breasted Merganser [fem/imm] f/o Kenfig Pool @ 09.45 [ND]
Ruff [2 juvs] @ Kenfig rivermouth [DCo]

LRP at Crymlyn Burrows

A juvenile Little Ringed Plover around the assembled wader flock for high tide at Crymlyn Burrows, yesterday evening, was a nice surprise. Over the last few years I've seen decent numbers of this delightful wader along the river between the river mouth to Brunel Dock and on the saltmarsh upstream of the road bridges, but never before on the beach. They don't seem to mix in with other small waders very much, indeed more often than not yesterday's bird kept it's distance from the Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings and Dunlins. A couple of Ringed Plovers showed aggressive behaviour towards the LRP while I was watching it, perhaps showing why they prefer to disassociate from the main roost gatherings.
Little Ringed Plovers are a real favourite of mine and seeing this bird yesterday brought me a great deal of satisfaction. That said, I might have been even more pleased if this bird had been generally paler in plumage with darker and slightly longer legs.
There were good numbers in the roost yesterday with Ringed Plovers (267) and Sanderlings (319) making up the bulk of the numbers. Surprisingly few Dunlins, five Knots and a single Turnstone completes the beach count of smaller waders.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Black-necked Grebe still at Lisvane Res today, 23rd Aug.

5 Swifts at Llanishen Res. 22nd Aug.

Friday, 22 August 2014


Siberian Chiffchaff type at KNNR [13th Feb - 18th Mar. 2014]
Did anyone take any photographs of this bird that was reported on several occasions during its stay at Kenfig.

Great Grey Shrike at Garwnant 2014
Apart from a date of 4th Feb 2014 [M. Hogan with photo], does anyone have any further dates to add for this bird.

Bearded Tit at CBWR
Did anyone take a photo of the two that were reported there between 4th & 8th Feb.

Any information would be gratefully appreciated. Many thanks GRC

Monday, 18 August 2014

Garganey at Kenfig rivermouth

Two Garganey were seen feeding together this afternoon on the pools on the NPT side of the river, also 1Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 25+ Teal, 6 Gadwall & 58 Mallard.

Ruff at Kenfig Pool 17/8/14

© P. Tabor
 A couple of record shots by Paul Tabor of the Ruff at Kenfig Pool, yesterday morning, which had been found earlier by Neil Donaghy. Not an easy bird to see in Glamorgan with generally only low numbers turning up each year.
© P. Tabor
The Pool seems to be having a nice run of birds at the moment and probably a better bet for picking up some waders than the Kenfig Saltmarsh, which is full of water with little sign any muddy areas being exposed anytime soon.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Little Tern Today worth getting wet for

Much Obliged to the finders

Little Tern at Kenfig Pool

The juvenile Little Tern was performing brilliantly this morning, at times plunge diving just metres away from where we stood.
Looking at the original of this photo, I think I can make out '29' on the leg ring code, so maybe this will help in finding out where it came from?

Black-necked Grebe at Lisvane

A BNG was found this morning by PB and was still there at 13.00hrs.

It can be viewed from the carpark or the platform, as all the willow which surrounded the reservoir has now been cleared. Some record shots of the BNG at midday.
Also present there today was a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and at least 6 Swifts.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Little Tern (Juv) : KNNR

Couple of pics of the juvenile Little Tern that turned up again at about 7.00pm this evening after flying off south this morning at 9.30am,it stayed for about 30 mins and after feeding at the northern lagoon disappeared again,I have a feeling it may be commuting between the pool and Eglwys Nunydd Resv'r.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Friday, 8 August 2014

Marsh Harrier Cardiff Wetlands

Marsh Harrier very high over Cardiff Wetland Reserve at 09:30, drifted off to the north. Managed to grab a few very distant shots, of which these are probably the best.