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.

Thursday 31 March 2016

Glaucous Gull still at Crymlyn Burrows

Better views of the immature Glaucous Gull today confirmed it as a Juv. A sizeable Glauc and in similar plumage to the Glaucous Gull at Knap Lake, found by Ceri Jones a month or two ago. With that bird not been seen further east for a while it seems likely that this is the same bird.

Monday 28 March 2016

Garganey pair at Kenfig

© P. Smith

© P. Smith
A pair of Garganey were a very nice discovery on Kenfig Pool this morning by Rob Taylor. The birds remained present throughout the day, showing along the fringes of the western reedbed. The birds were difficult to photograph due to the position of the pool that they favoured, which was remote to both hides and the eastern shore. However, Peter Smith managed a couple of record shots that capture the birds well. Thanks go to Peter for the use of his photos.

Rhossili and Llanrhidian Roost (27th March)

A visit to Rhossili and the roost at Llanrhidian yesterday afternoon with Rob Jones was rewarding.

Rhossili - c450 Common Scoter, 3 Gannets, 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Razorbills, 8 Guillemots & c80 Linnets. Also on the ledges east of Thurba 6 Shags, 4 Cormorants and Great Black-backed Gull in with the Herring Gulls.

Llanrhidian Roost - 2 Great White Egrets, a Red Kite, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 6 Short-eared Owls and a Barn Owl

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Part of RGW foreshore coming up for sale!

Nothing to do with core GRC business but thought you'd be interested if you're not on Facebook, where this came to my attention. A section of foreshore is due to go under the hammer - stretches from Peterstone Wentloog to Rhymney Est. See this article:
Interesting ......