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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.

2017 Records

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All records of description species during 2017

Italics   No description or photographs submitted to date.
A           Record Accepted by GRC unless stated (NB ‘w’ = waivered site)
P           Record Pended/awaiting circulation
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:

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
[EG] 1, Parc Slip NR, 4 Apr, of unknown origin, photo below.

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
A [EG] 14 at Sker Pt on 3 Jan (N Donaghy), photo below.

[Accepted, on balance, as more than likely of feral origin, though the GRC acknowledges the possibility these birds were of genuinely wild origin cannot be discounted].

Garganey (Anas querquedula)
IC [EG] 2 (male & fem), Flemingston Moor, 22 Mar (M Meehan), photos.
P [EG] 2 (male & fem), Kenfig Pool, 26 Mar.
P [EG] 1 male, Kenfig Pool, 8 Apr.

*Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
[EG] 1 male Cosmeston Lakes 27 Mar, and same bird Cardiff Bay, 5 to 8 Apr (G N Smith et al), photo below.

*Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
A [EG] 1 Cosmeston Lakes, 18 and 19 June (Annie Irving et al), photos below.

*Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
[EG] 1 St Athan 15 to 26 Mar (M Meehan), photo below.

IC [EG], 1, Llantwit Major, 4 July (Maxine Levett), photo below:

Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
A [EG], 1, Kenfig saltmarsh and Pool, 3 and 4 June (D G Carrington et al), photo below.

IC [EG], 1, Roath Park Lake, 5 July, (S. Ormerod & M C Powell et al), photo below.

*Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
IC [EG], 1, Kenfig Pool, 13 to at least 21 May, photo below

Spoonbill (Platelea leucorodia)
A [EG], 1, Kenfig Pool, 13 May.

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
A [EG] 1 Cardiff Bay 20 Mar (M Meehan et al), photo below.

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
A [EG] 1 juv, Cosmeston Lakes & Cardiff Bay, 10 Feb (G N Smith, M Meehan et al), photos below.

A [EG] 1 juv, Bridgend town centre 18 & 19 Feb (N Donaghy, N P Roberts), photos below.

A [EG] 1, 3rd cal yr, Cardiff Bay & Cosmeston Lakes, 22 to 27 Mar (G N Smith et al), photo below.

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
A [EG] 1, 2nd cal yr Cardiff Bay 1 Jan to at least 19 May (A Bevan, G N Smith et al), same individual first seen at Cardiff Bay on 31 Dec 2016, photo below.

A [EG] 1, 2nd cal-yr, Cardiff Bay, 23 Feb to at least 11 Mar (A G Stamp et al), photo below, separate individual to the above bird.

IC [EG] 1, 4th cal-yr/adult, Aberthaw, 7 May (Dave Pritchard), photos below.

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
**P [EG], 1, Kenfig Sands and Pool, 25 June (A Bevan, J P Hunt, P Parsons et al) and again at Kenfig Pool, 24 July, photos below (taken 25 June).

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
[EG] 1 Porthcawl 3 Jan (M S Cram); 3 St Mellons - Cardiff, 3 Jan (A Plant); 
64+ Newport Road - Cardiff 6 - 14 Jan (per J Slocombe), photos; 2 Trafalgar Rd - Cardiff 6 Jan (D R W Gilmore); 1 Western Ave - Bridgend 7 Jan (E J Cram, N P Roberts); 24, St Mellons - Cardiff, 9 Jan (R M Price); 26 Barry 11 - 15 Jan (A Schwartz et al), photos; 2 Merthyr Tydfil 17 Jan (M Hogan, M Waldron), photos; 3 Cardiff Bay 8 & 10 Jan (D R W Gilmore et al), photos.

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)
A [EG] 1 at Nash Point 5 - 17 Feb (M Meehan, G N Smith), photo below.

*Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)
A [EG] 1 at Wern Ddu - Caerphilly, 26 Jan to 21 Feb (Alan Cripps), photo below.
[First county record]

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
A [EG] 1, Brynna Woods/Llanharan Marshes, 24 Feb (A J Swann), same individual found seen at site on 24 Dec 2016.

*Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita tristis)
A [EG] 2 Cardiff Bay 1 Jan - to at least 23 Mar (P M Howlett, A G Stamp et al), photos below.

IC [EG] 1 Tirfounder Fields, Aberdare, 1 and 11 Feb (J Owen), photos below.

Latest update [for E Glam] 28 July 2017 - PB

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