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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Friday, 31 July 2015


2015 - Lesser Scaup: Has anyone got any dates for the drake Lesser Scaup in Cardiff Bay & CBWR from 19th June to 11th July? The last date I have for this bird is 18th June in Cardiff Bay. Any info would be of help. A drake Lesser Scaup (quite possibly ours) turned up at Blagdon Res., nr. Bristol 12th July and was still present on 30th July. Many thanks. DRWG

4/08 update: Definite sighting at St. David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay on 28th June [MCP pers comm.]

Friday, 24 July 2015

Wood Sandpiper : Ogmore

Few "record" pics of the Wood Sandpiper at Ogmore and still feeding on the west side of the river when I left at 7.00pm......

Wood Sandpiper

This Wood Sandpiper was downed by the rain today at Ogmore Estuary, along with three Black-tailed Godwits.

Sunday, 19 July 2015


GWE still at KNNR this am [ND pers comm].
Good numbers of Med Gulls in the county at the moment, including many juveniles seen.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Cardiff Bay

A walk from the Norwegian Church across the Barrage to Channel View: approx. 200 mute swans (most around the River Taff off Hamadryad). 3 moulting adult med gulls on the playing fields at the Marl.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Great White Egret : Kenfig NNR

A few pics of the GW Egret taken yesterday, took a while for it to put in an appearance in front of the south pool hide but well worth the wait......

Friday, 3 July 2015

Great white egret, Lamby lake this morning.

Great White Egret

News of a GWE at Lamby Lake, Cardiff late morning, flew off over Lamby Tip - perhaps on the top pool there? [RM pers comm.]
There were 3 reported from Goldcliff earlier, which flew off towards Uskmouth, Gwent.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Llynfi Valley Nightjars

Have now checked all the valleys clear-fells and found 15 pairs in total holding territory. 9 pairs in East Glamorgan and 6 pairs in West Glamorgan. With ongoing forestry work this may well increase in years to come.