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, 22 August 2016

Lisvane Res.

Two Black Terns still present today. You can drive in from Lisvane entrance & view from the carpark. Birds showing well this afternoon. 
Of note: WW have now taken over the management of the reservoirs and maintinence  work will commence soon. I understand that they want to start sailing there again and plan to build a information centre with cafe facilities.
The minor road known as Green Lane from Wentloog to St. Mellons is closed to traffic at the St. Mellons end due to work on the railway bridge. For local birders coming from Wentloog, you go as far as the Cardiff end but have to go back the way you came.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Lisvane Res

2 Black Terns were reported at Lisvane Res this morning, apparently present up to 13:30 - reported on the Facebook group and nowhere else. Sorry for late news of this but only just seen it.

Storm Petrels Cardiff Barrage

At least 6 Storm Petrels from the southern end of the barrage this morning between 07:20-09:15. Closest approach was one which came closer than the Outer Wrach buoy which is 1000m off shore.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Balearic Shearwater past Porthcawl

Three fairly poor record shots of one of the Balearic Shearwaters that was seen from the Irongate shelter at Porthcawl this morning. This bird, picked up by Alex Bevan, flew by at 08:10. Collin Gittins and a few others had another Balearic Shearwater a little later.
Other notable species recorded 06:00 to 10:00 include
Common Scoter (12), Fulmar (25+), Manx (110+), Storm Petrel (at least 1 but likely 4 or more),  Gannet (18), Sanderling (1), Turnstone (3), Sandwich Tern (2), Arctic Tern (1 juv), Commic Tern (5), Kittiwake (9)

At around 10:30 - 3 Little Terns past the shelter per RJ et al. With a turnover of birders present throughout the day hopefully we can report a more comprehensive summary later today when news comes through.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


Sooty Shearwater past Sker this am. [ND]

Nice pic of a close Manx Shearwater at Lavernock today - thanks to Andy Burns & Lol Middleton.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve

The bushes near the boardwalk were alive with warblers this morning - 10 reed warbler, 2 sedge warbler, 2 whitethroat, 7 willow warbler, 3 blackcap and 2 lesser whitethroat. It really was a joy to watch. Also pleased to see tufted ducks doing well with 3 broods of 4, 6 and 8 on the reserve. Hope the gulls leave them alone.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

River Taff, Blackweir

10 goosander feeding together on the Taff, all redheads. Family group? This is the largest number I have seen together on the Taff. Also one juvenile dipper.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Clydach Vale CP

Yesterday I found a recently deceased 2nd year Gannet at the top end of Clydach Vale CP. Probably blown in during the strong winds a couple of weeks ago. Unsurprisingly this is my first record of Gannet from the Rhondda!

Saturday, 2 July 2016


A reports of a Turtle Dove from a Llanishen garden 28th.
The report of 3 LSW visiting a Leckwith garden most of month were in fact GSW! (DRWG 13/07/16)

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Cardiff Garden

(c) Lisa Every

A White-cheeked Turaco visited a Cardiff garden last autumn and was seen eating plums. It was again seen this summer - having survived a Welsh winter - visiting the same garden. The Cardiff crew that visited Ethiopia should make an effort to see this bird to remind themselves of their trip!