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.

Monday 18 February 2019

Red-rumped Swallow, Cwm Ivy.

Yesterday I managed to get out of work early enough to spend the afternoon watching the Red-rumped Swallow at Cwm Ivy, Gower. Found on Saturday by a group from Gower Ornithological Society, this little beauty could be seen actively feeding near Cwm Ivy Tor in the company of a Barn Swallow - which in itself is a great record for February.

Saturday 11 August 2018

Little Gull (Juvenile) : Cardiff Bay

A few shots from a visit this morning........

Arctic Tern : Cardiff Bay

A few shots from a visit this morning, never really came close enough for anything other than 'record' shots.....

Monday 30 April 2018

Little Gull : Cardiff Bay

A few 'record' shots of the superb adult Little Gull from last Saturday afternoon.....

Sunday 8 April 2018

Caspian Gull Cardiff Bay

A few shots of a 2cy Caspian Gull found by Gareth Stamp in the Bay this morning. Nice to see one in daylight and standing. Sadly light still not brilliant so shutter speed a bit slower than ideal for the flight shots. Range about 130m so all images heavy crops from the original.

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Whitefronts at Ogmore 16/01/18

Two White-fronted Geese (albifrons) were on Ploran Mawr, Ogmore Estuary, today. Comparing the markings with the two at Kenfig just over a week ago there seems little doubt that these are the same individuals. This is my first record of the species at Ogmore since a flock of nine flew through on 03/12/1998.

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Whooper Swan at the Watermill

This Whooper Swan was found yesterday (27/11/17) at the Watermill, Ogmore, by DCB. Apparently it soon flew off towards Ewenny, but by this morning it had returned and was feeding with the Mute herd. This species has been very scarce at Ogmore in recent years and it will be interesting to see if it is tempted to linger.

Thursday 5 October 2017

Middleton, Gower 30/9/17

                            Heavily cropped record shot of the Booted/Sykes warbler in
                            school lane. Found by E.A.Hunter on 29th.

Wednesday 13 September 2017