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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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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Iceland Gull - Cardiff Bay Barrage

I was fortunate to come across a 1stW-going-in-to-2nd yr Iceland Gull this morning just as I was about to walk over the locks. It was sitting unobtrusively at the base of the long inner jetty. A boat flushed it and it flew over into the open water just inside the main barrage. I put the news out and fortunately Lol Middleton, who was nearest, got there in time to take some pix, as did Alan Cripps, before sit flew off and eventually landed somewhere in CBWR. Alan's photo is on the South Wales Birding Facebook page. Latest news is that it few back to the barrage and landed on the row of orange floats where Andy Burns got some pretty good pix:
which I think relieve me of the need to write a full description. :-)

PS looks like this might be the bird that Phil Bristow saw earlier in the morning at Sluice Farm, heading d/c.
For convenience here's Alan pic off FB.

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