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 29 July 2013


A nice passage of three Black-tailed Godwits at Rhaslas Pond today photographed by Mike Hogan. This threatened upland water just keeps turning up excellent records of passage waders for north Glamorgan.

Thursday 18 July 2013


BBRC have accepted the Black-headed Bunting Gower 2012. The VC41 List now stands at 332.
Also accepted was the Long-billed Dowitcher at Dalton's Pt. [Gower] 2nd VC41 record and first since 1989 Cardiff bird.

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Whooper Swan in Cardiff Bay

Couple of record shots of the Whooper Swan that has been present since 9th July in Cardiff Bay. Still present 1st Aug. [GP]

This is the first record in Cardiff since Nov 2007, the 13th overall for Cardiff & the first ever in July for East Glamorgan.

Sunday 14 July 2013

Kenfig Saltmarsh

(c) R. Jones
Rob sent in this record shot of the Wood Sandpiper [?] at Kenfig Saltmarsh. Not long after this shot was taken the Highland Cattles claimed the scrapes for their own, with no prisoners! Prior to that Rob noted Lapwings, Ruff (2), Little Ringer Plover and Snipe.

The waders were feeding/sleeping close to main reedbed and therefore inside the NPT boundary. These 2 species take Rob to 167 for the year in NPT and past the total I set in 2010. Congratulations to Rob on passing my total. There are still a few regularly recorded species from the area which should turn up this autumn/winter not to mention some irregularly recorded resident species still waiting to be ticked off, making a final total above 180 certainly within his grasp.

Saturday 13 July 2013

Friday 12 July 2013

Kenfig Rivermarsh

Water levels have dropped here over the last week exposing a lot of mud and is already attracting the first passage waders of the autumn including 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 3 Redshank and 27 Lapwing. There were also 2 returning Sanderling on the beach too.

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Kenfig Industrial estate

My tea-break list  at RPC, increased again today with a Hobby seen perching on the Pylons and hunting passerines as they flew by. Cetti's Warbler in the scrub on the edge of the factory as well as 2 male Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff.

Tuesday 9 July 2013

Turtle Dove in Llantrisant

A Turtle Dove was seen & photographed in a Llantrisant Garden by Sandra Stroud. The bird was ringed with a yellow band on left leg & a blue band on the right. The bird was present 3rd, 4th & 5th July.

(c) Sandra Stroud

Friday 5 July 2013

Protection of Bird Species for the City of Cardiff - Edwardian Style

Above is a list which was published in the Transactions of the Cardiff Naturalists' Society Vol. XLIII 1910, setting out which species of birds were to be protected by law. The old names are excellent: Cuckoo's Mate for Wryneck, Fern Owl for Nightjar and Cirl Bunting a breeding species - now Welsh tick for most!

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Late news [photo]

A record shot of the Hoopoe at Danescourt, Radyr on May 12th this year taken by Helen Daniel from her patio window. Nice garden tick.

Monday 1 July 2013

Goodbye to Joek

Joek Roex is leaving Glamorgan to go back to his home in the Netherlands. Joek has been a member of the editorial committee of the EGBR and has for the last three years been the editor of the GBC Newsletter. He has also contributed to the local birding scene with many excellent records. I, as CR, and all at the GRC & GBC, wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his contributions to Glamorgan birding.