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.

2017 Records

In association with:~
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/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:

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
IC [EG] 14 at Sker Pt on 3 Jan (ND) - in circ as to whether these were wild birds

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
P [EG] 1 un-aged imm at Cardiff Bay 8 Jan - more details sought
IC [EG] 1 juv Cosmeston 10 Feb (GNS, MM et al)
IC [EG] 1 juv Bridgend town centre 18 & 19 Feb (ND, NPR)

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
A [EG] 1 2nd cal yr Cardiff Bay 1 Jan - 23 Feb [ABv, GNS et al] - remaining bird from 2016]
P [EG] 1, age unkown, Rest Bay - Porthcawl 5 Feb - no notes/photos yet rec'd

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
IC [EG] 1 Porthcawl 3 Jan (MSC), 64+ Newport Road - Cardiff 6 - 14 Jan (per Jeff Slocombe), 2 Trafalgar Rd - Cardiff 6 Jan (DRWG), 1 Western Ave - Bridgend 7 Jan (EJC, NPR), 26 Barry 11 - 15 Jan (Amy Schwartz et al), 2 Merthyr Tydfil 17 Jan (MHo, Mark Waldron), 3 Cardiff Bay 8 & 10 Jan (DRWG et al).

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)
IC [EG] 1 at Nash Pt 5 - 17 Feb (MM, GNS)

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)
P [EG] 1 at Wern Ddu - Caerphilly (Alan Cripps) - awaiting poss later date[s] and poss further photos before forwarding to BBRC

Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita tristis)
P [EG] 2 Cardiff Bay 1 Jan - 23 Feb (P. Howlett)
   [EG] 1 Tirfounder Fields 1 and 11 Feb (John Owen) awaiting circulation to WRP

Latest update [for E Glam] 25 Feb - JDW

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