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2016 Records



GLAMORGAN RARITIES COMMITTEE
In association with:~
GOWER ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY & GLAMORGAN BIRD CLUB
All records of description species during 2015


Italics   No description or photographs submitted
A           Record Accepted by GRC unless stated (NB ‘w’ = waivered site)
P           Record Pended
NP        Record Not Proven
IC         In Circulation
?           Record considered to be of unknown origin
*            Welsh Description Species [WRP]
**           British Birds Description Species [BBRC]
[H]        Heard only
[WG]     West Glamorgan
[EG]      East Glamorgan
(Note: re: 'waived' = "w - the need for a description for this species has been waived only in these specific instances - e.g. species has increased to 5+ records per year, or due to a large influx as in the case of Waxwing occasionally, or the regularity of the species at some sites e.g. Red Grouse at 2 locations in north Glamorgan, Slavonian Grebe at Whiteford & Burry Inlet, Marsh Harrier on North Gower, KNNR & Wentloog, Puffin at Worm's Head, Water Pipit at various estuarine localities".)

BOU Order:

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
A [EG] 11 [8 ads, 3 juvs] Kenfig Pool 8 Nov [ND], then same birds at E Aberthaw same day [MCP et al].
A [EG] 3 Apr [1] Parc Slip -[MC,ME,GG]
(c) Mike Clark

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
A [WG] 05 & 06 Mar Neath Saltmarsh - [EAH]
(c) Mark Hipkin

Garganey (Anas querquedula)
A [EG] 28 Mar [pair] Kenfig Pool - [RHAT]
Showing the male of the pair present (c) P. Smith

IC [WG] 12-19 Apr [4 (2 pairs)] Llanrhidian Marsh - [BS & MP]
Showing the 2 males (females close by) (c) B. Stewart

?  [EG] 12 & 13 May [male] Kenfig Pool - [ND]

A  [EG] 29 Aug 2, Kenfig river mouth [Owen Leyshon]

A  [EG] 07 Oct Kenfig Pool - [ND]

A  [EG] 28 Aug - 7 Sep Watermill Flood [NPR]

[WG] 18 Oct [female/imm] Llanrhidian - [BS, DRWG, JPH]

(c) B. Stewart

     *Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
A   [EG] 14 Jan - 24 Apr [Drake] CBWR & Cosmeston CP - [GP, CJ, PMH et al] and Lisvane             Res 17 Mar [PB & RJT] {from 2015}
                                                              (c) JDW

[VC41] Mar 2016 [fem] undisclosed site - [per GRC]

Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
 A [EG] 03 Jan [drake] Porthcawl - [SRH, AM]
NP [EG] 4 off Porthcawl 18 Nov

Smew (Mergus albellus)
A [EG] 14-15 Jan [redhead] Kenfig Pool - [PP]
(c) M. Hipkin


Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)
w [EG] 15 Feb [1+] North Glamorgan - [per GRC]

Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)
[WG] 17 Jan [1] Margam Breakwater - [GR et al]
A   [EG] 2 off Lock's Common 14 Nov [MSC]

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus grisus)
 A [EG] 03 Aug [1] off Sker Point - [ND]

Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus)
A   [EG] 1 Porthcawl 20 Aug [ABv]

Leach's Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa)
A [EG] 10 Jul [1] off Porthcawl - [MSC]

**Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
IC at BBRC [EG] 29 May [1] Watermill, Ogmore - [DCB et al]
(c) Jeff Slocombe


Great White Egret  (Egretta alba)
[WG] 02 Jan - 10 Mar [max 3 on 03 Jan, 19 & 27 Feb & 10 Mar] Llanrhidian Marsh - [multi obs] {from 2015}
A [EG] - 1 Lavernock Pt 12 Oct [DRWG]
A [EG] - 1 Kenfig Pool 27 Nov [ND]

*Cattle Egret (Bibulous ibis)
IC WRP [EG] 06 May [2] Cardiff Bay - [PMH]
    [WG] 05 Nov [1] Salthouse Point - [RHAT]
A  [EG] 26 Dec Wentloog Level - Cardiff [P. Brewster et al]

Spoonbill (Platalea leucrodia)
A [WG] 20 May [2] Loughor - [DC & TT]

Red-necked Grebe (Popiceps grisegena)
 A [EG] 03 Jan Porthcawl - [SRH, AM]

Slavonian Grebe (Popiceps auritus)
w [WG] 03 Jan [4] Whiteford Point - [MHi]
w [WG] 16 Jan [2] Whiteford Point - [DJJ & GJJ]
A [WG] 22 Jan [1] undisclosed site - [per GRC]
w [WG] 11 Feb [2] Wernffwrd - [BS]
w [WG] 10 Mar [6] Wernffwrd - [MHi]
w [WG] 26 Mar [3] Llanrhidian - [BS & RHAT]
w [WG] 17 Apr [2] Burry Est. - [DR]

Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
A [EG] 18 Jun - 1 male Mawdlam  - [PGL]

Common Crane (Grus grus)
 ? [EG] 05 May [2] f/o Kenfig - [ND]
(Probably from the GCP in Somerset)

Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
A [EG] 22 Mar Aberthaw Saltmarsh - [GNS]
(c) Dave Pritchard

*Kentish Plover (Chardrius alexandrinus)
A [EG] 18 Apr [1] Sker Point - [ND, RWW & DGC]



(c) Dave Carrington


Dotterel (Chardrius morinellus)
[EG] 11 Oct [1] Nash - [RGS]

*Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii)
A [EG] 5 Jun [1] Kenfig Pool - [ND]

**Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)
 IC  with BBRC [EG] 13-14 Oct [1] Kenfig Pool - [ND]

Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)
 [EG] 11 Feb [1] Barry Docks - [D. Lack] no details rec'd
A  [EG] 5 & 6 Sep Lisvane Res [Alan & Jess Cripps]
A  [EG] 7 & 8 Nov E. Aberthaw lagoon [Maxine Levett]

Pomarine Skua   (Stercorarius pomarinus)
[EG] - 1 juv at Porthcawl 17 Nov - details awaited from obs.

**Bonaparte's Gull (Chroiococephalus philadelphia)
A  [EG] 05 & 19 Apr [ad S] Cardiff Bay - [PGL et al, AB & MM]

*Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
?   [EG] 31 Jan [2nd W] Lock's Common, Porthcawl - [Scott Squires]

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
A [EG] 15 Mar [2cy] Llantwit Major - [GNS]
A [EG] 11, 13, 16 & 20 Apr [2cy] Cardiff Bay & surrounds [AGS et al] & Llan/Lis Res. 23 Apr - [PB]
(c) Graham Smith


Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
A [EG] 27-31 Jan & 01 to 18 Feb [1st W] The Knap, Barry - [CJ]
A [EG] 22 Feb Aberthaw [GNS] {same as above}
A [EG] 26 & 27 Feb Cardiff Bay [GNS] {same as above}
                                                              (c) Ceri Jones

[WG] 25 & 31 Mar [2cy] Crymlyn Burrows - [MHi]
(c) M. Hipkin

A  [EG] 31 Dec Cardiff Bay juv [GNS] **Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
[WG] 18-21 May [1] Loughor - [BS]
(c) B. Stewart

 A {BBRC} [EG] 05 June [1] Kenfig Pool - [ND & DCB]

Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)
 ?  [EG] 07 May [1] Kenfig - [DGC?]
A [WG] 9 Jun [1] Fairwood Common - [DH]
 NP [EG] 28 Jun [1] Llanishen, Cardiff - [Obs Unk]

Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
A [EG] 1 Pant Norton 28 Aug (NPR)
A [EG] 1 Grangetown - Cardiff 8 Sep (Amy Schwartz)
    [EG] 1 Gileston/W Aberthaw - no details submitted
A  [EG] 1 Dunraven 12 to 16 Sep (D Ripley)

Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)
 A [WG] 05-08, 20, 23 Jan & 12 Feb, 10, 13 & 30 Mar, 08, 10 Apr [1] Afan Forestry - [D. Coombs]
A [EG] 06 Jan, 26 & 27 Feb, 07, 09, 12 Mar [1] Garwnant - [A. Dowson & Mike Hogan]

A [WG] 23 Jan intermittently to 28 Feb [1] Mynydd Marchywel - [RJ]

A [EG] 26 Feb [1] Coed Craig Ruperra - [Andrew Bevan]
                                                            (c) Andrew Bevan

A   [EG] 1 Garwnant 23 Oct [Martin Bell]

Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)
    [WG] 30 Oct [1] Middleton - [PPa & PT]
    [WG] 03 Nov [1] Middleton - [EAH]

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
    [WG] 06 Oct - ?? Nov [??] Mewslade - [Multi-obs]
A  [EG] - 23 records in total, for 8 Oct to 28 Dec all accepted
     [EG] - 1 at Taff Trail - Treforest 5 Dec - unkown obs, no details

Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)
    [WG] 29 Oct - ?? Nov [1] Middleton - [EAH & CDB]

Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita ssp. tristis)
    [WG] 23 Feb [1] Llanrhidian - [BS]
    [WG] 03 Nov [1] Middleton - [EAH]
    [EG] 1 Cardiff Bay 27 Dec - WRP species awaiting notes/vocals from obs. Photos avail.
    [EG] 1 Kenfig Pool 6 Dec - no details submitted
A  [EG] 1 Forest Farm 25 & 26 Nov [RM et al]

Wood Lark (Lullula arborea)
   [EG] 2 Lavernock Pt 1 Nov - no details rec'd
A [EG] 1 Lavernock Pt 25 Nov (GNS)

Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi)
    [WG] 30 Oct [1] Whiteford - [CDB]
A   [EG] 1 1stW at Nash Pt 1, 5 & 7 Dec [PPa et al]

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)
w [EG] 17 Jan [1] Ogmore River - [NPR]
w [WG] 05 Mar [2] Neath Saltmarsh - [EAH]
w [EG] 10 Mar [1] River Thaw, wet meadows - [GNS]
w [WG] 29 Mar [1] Cwm Ivy Marsh - [JFD]
A [EG] 1 Llwyn-on 5 Dec (MHo, Tim Griffiths, Marc Everett)

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
   [EG] 10 Bute Park 17 Nov - unknown obs - no details rec'd
   [EG]  10 Gabalfa interchange 18 Nov - record withdrawn.

Twite (Carduelis flavirostris)
NP   [EG] 30 Lavernock Pt 10 Oct - inadequate details.

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis
w [WG] 01-23 Jan [max 3 on 01 & 17 Jan] Whiteford Point - [CDB et al]
(c) M. Hogan 18/01/2016


Lapland Bunting (Calcarius lapponicus
w [WG] 16 Oct - ?? Nov [max 4 on ?? Jan] Weobley causeway - [CDB et al]
w [WG] ?? Oct - ?? Nov [max 8 on ?? Nov] Vile, Rhossili - [MHi, EAH et al]
  [EG] 1 Porthcawl RNLI stn 31 Oct - details awaited
A  [EG] 1 Porthcawl 8 Nov [Strinda Davies]
A  [EG] 1 E Aberthaw 8 Nov [MCP and GNS]
    [EG] 1 Barry 24 Oct obs unkown - no details rec'd
A  [EG] 1 male Sker 7 Nov [ND]

A   [EG] 1 at Nash Pt 30 Nov [GNS]

Updated for E Glam
24 Feb 2017 by JDW

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