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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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.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Black stork, Nantyffyllon today at 13:52.

Many thanks to Mark Hipkin for alerting me to a Black stork heading my way over the Afan valley this afternoon! I got onto my kitchen roof and immediately got on the bird, which was around 500 foot up and heading east. I watched it for around 10 seconds, seeing all the features, until the sun burst through the cloud right above it. I took about 5 seconds to get my camera out and switch it on but the bird had gone in that short time. It could have thermaled up against the sun or moved through very quickly as it was losing height when I saw it. Despite a search of the fields to the east at Cwmdu by Colin Gittins and I, the bird was not relocated.

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