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, 2 January 2017

Chiffchaffs CBWR (Update 03/01)

Both birds were present in front of the hotel for a short time this morning, one flew off around the front of the hotel towards the Norwegian church, the other just disappeared a short time later. One of the birds called this morning. A monosyllabic weet, not as piping and plaintive as what might be regarded as a typical tristis call but there are certainly similar examples on Xeno-Canto. A couple of extra photos but not sure they really add anything.

Any thoughts on these two Chiffchaffs photographed this afternoon in the bushes in front of St David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay? Apologies for the poor quality, they were extremely active and for the most part against the light.

Through bins they really stood out as being sandy brown above and whiteish below - both birds had the same appearance and unfortunately both remained silent the whole time I was watching them.

I think I managed to get both birds. The tail of the bird in photo DSC_5037 has broad rounded feathers and is either an adult or completely moulted the tail when compared to the narrower feathers of the bird in photos DSC_5047, 5050 and 5052, DSC_5034 may also be this bird as the tail feathers appear narrow.







Monday, 19 December 2016

Great Northern Diver : Aberavon

Few pics of a Great Northern Diver found during a visit on Sun 18.Dec 2016......

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Nash point.

    One of two Fem/Imm Black redstarts around the lighthouse buildings on sunday.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Black Redstart : Penarth Marina

A stunning male bird from a visit last Sunday, a female/juvenile type bird also seen briefly.....

Long-tailed Duck : Cardiff Bay

Few pics of the bird from a visit last Sunday........