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.
Sunday, 13 August 2017
The message was as follows:
A Yellow Browed Warbler was spotted today 13-8-2017 at the Cardiff Bay wetlands in the trees right next to the car park in the row of trees by Tom and Robert.. we have a photo of it if you would like us to post it.
OK these are the best of what I have rec'd. They are back of camera images and I had to take Mac screen shots as what I received were not image files as such.
Defo not YBW IMO. The clearest one shows bird with pale legs and my first thought was Willow Wblr but it looks a little odd to me - quite dusky underneath. There's no hint of a wing bar so not YBW. Could it be something like Radde's or Dusky - I'm guessing here. The third one was just a silhouette and I have lightened it as much as poss.
I wonder how long this species will remain a 'rarity' in our area?
Monday, 26 June 2017
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Monday, 15 May 2017
Happily I already have a fine selection of superb entries and the standard continues to rise year on year.
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Thank you in anticipation
Monday, 1 May 2017
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
The following species is reinstated to the BBRC list:
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Friday, 17 February 2017
|Not been able to get out much so far this year so grateful for this monster 1W Glaucous gracing the CARDIFF RIVIERA looking as if he has eaten all the Clarks pies!|
Thursday, 9 February 2017
the usual track, where the stream goes through.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Sunday, 29 January 2017
Friday, 27 January 2017
Thursday, 26 January 2017
I've copied Alan's notes giving directions for those who like me will be hoping this bird sticks around for a bit.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
The BOU is going to adopt the IOC World List from Jan 2018. Results in a few spits and lumps although may not affect us too much, although without looking at the detail, not sure if it will affect the taxonomic order we currently have in the bird reports.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Having just led a guided walk around Rhossili Cliffs this morning I decided to scan Rhossili Bay from the car park to see how many of the 6 Long-tailed Ducks seen yesterday that I could find. Eventually I found a single male and then not long after 3 fem-types joined him in a decent sized Common Scoter flock not far from the breaking waves, around 3Km from the car park. By 13:15 the light was getting better and the LTD's much easy to pick out in the swell. A further scan further out in the bay found second decent sized flock of Common Scoter and I thought to check them for more LTD's. Instead of mainly white ducks I noticed a Scoter with a bright white patch on its head and on closer inspection could make out the coloured bill. About 5mins later the sun broke through the clouds again briefly and it was clear to see that there were in fact 2 Drake Surf Scoters with the 150 or so strong Common Scoter flock. The flock spread quite well at this point and it became obvious that there was also a fem-type bird associating closely with the 2 drakes. The general tone seemed right for female too but the distance was just too great for me to call this bird safely. Sadly not long after this by 13:30 the sunshine was fading fast and it was extremely difficult to keep track of the Surf Scoters. It was a real eye-opener to me that in what I might consider decent light that the drake Surf Scoters could remain unnoticed among the Common Scoter. Hopefully they will stick for a while and someone can clinch the female; the way this winter is going perhaps the number of Surf Scoters in Rhossili Bay will increase!