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.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve

The bushes near the boardwalk were alive with warblers this morning - 10 reed warbler, 2 sedge warbler, 2 whitethroat, 7 willow warbler, 3 blackcap and 2 lesser whitethroat. It really was a joy to watch. Also pleased to see tufted ducks doing well with 3 broods of 4, 6 and 8 on the reserve. Hope the gulls leave them alone.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

River Taff, Blackweir

10 goosander feeding together on the Taff, all redheads. Family group? This is the largest number I have seen together on the Taff. Also one juvenile dipper.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Clydach Vale CP

Yesterday I found a recently deceased 2nd year Gannet at the top end of Clydach Vale CP. Probably blown in during the strong winds a couple of weeks ago. Unsurprisingly this is my first record of Gannet from the Rhondda!

Saturday, 2 July 2016


A reports of a Turtle Dove from a Llanishen garden 28th.
The report of 3 LSW visiting a Leckwith garden most of month were in fact GSW! (DRWG 13/07/16)