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, 24 February 2015

Caspian Gull

The Caspian Gull that was found by Lol Middleton and photographed by Andrew Burns at Cosmeston Lakes CP 8th December 2014 has been accepted by WRP. This constitutes the 2nd Welsh Record and the first record for Glamorgan VC41. The VC41 list is now 333 & the East Glamorgan list now stands at 310 with the Little Bunting pending a 'rubber stamp' from WRP will make it 311.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Brambling, Caerau

With all this crap weather I'm going stir crazy today, so decided to spend sometime watching the garden feeders, when a female Brambling dropped in - my first since 2006 in the garden. Photos taken in monsoon rain conditions so only record shots. There haven't been too many records of Brambling this winter, so this brightened up the day. In the 3rd picture you can just make out the white rump.


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Flat Holm News

Flat Holm is to be leased to the RSPB with support from the National trust for the next 30 years. This is really good news for the island and its wildlife.
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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Brent Geese at Breaksea Point

Pale and Dark-bellied Brent Geese

Pale-bellied Brent Geese

A few of the Brent Geese that were at Breaksea Point yesterday.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Friday, 6 February 2015

Little Bunting at Fforest Farm today

Little Bunting still at Forest Farm

 It was a real pleasure to catch up with this fantastic bunting at Forest Farm, this morning. A lifer for me and it was a real treat to study it's distinguishing features in variable light and range. Many thanks to Mike and Jake on a truly stunning find.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Little Bunting in Cardiff

A Little Bunting was found at Forest Farm Reserve Centre, Cardiff ST 135805 this am and was present in a damp area feeding on grass seeds next to the bird-feeders. It was present from about 11.30 until 12.58 when it flew off over the feeders. It was viewable down to less than 10 ft. from the hide. This is only the third record for VC41 Glamorgan and the first for East Glamorgan.

                                                    Photographs by Cliff Woodhead

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Bonaparte's Gull

An adult Bonaparte's Gull, presumably the returning bird for its 7th winter, was seen at Heliport bay flying off towards the Water Treatment Works at 14.00hrs. Found again by Graham Smith.