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, 27 June 2013
|Spotted Flycatcher - chilling|
|Nightjar - in territorial dispute|
Nightjar, exuberant and seemingly fearless at times (I've been known to duck on more than one occasion in their presence over the years!), has shown a 51% decline in range;
Tree Pipit, with a wonderful song that goes on all day that makes me wonder whether the male birds do anything else other than sing, has returned a 70% decline in population in the 25 year period to 2009;
|Tree Pipit - parachuting while singing|
Ref. - Eaton MA, Brown AF, Noble DG, Musgrove AJ, Hearn R, Aebischer NJ, Gibbons DW, Evans A and Gregory ND (2009) Birds of Consevation Concern3: the population status of birds in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. British Birds 102, pp296-341
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Saturday, 22 June 2013
1 ad bonxie d/c
3 storm petrels d/c
Auk sp 4 d/c
8 Gannets .2 adults rest immatures.d/c
Manxies at least 8000 d/c. We counted 375 in 5 min and this steady flow continued till we left, so 8k being a fair estimate.
With JR and later AMe and NS
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Sunday, 16 June 2013
|Storm Petrel from Port Talbot (15/6/13)|
The highlight is obviously the Long-tailed Skua past Lavernock Point, but not far behind must be a group of 5 Pomarine Skuas past Tutt Head. Interestingly a flock of 5 Pomarine Skuas past Tutt Head last year also (1/7/12) [SM&PM]. Later that July Simon and Peter Murray found a Roseate Tern passing the same location, a most sought after bird in Glamorgan, so hopefully a chance of another Roseate or two in the next few weeks?
Lavernock Point (AM 16/6/13))
Long-tailed Skua (1) u/c (08:05)
Porthcawl (09:00-11.20 16/6/13)
Storm Petrel (4)
Tutt Head (16:20-18:45 15/6/13)
Storm Petrel (2)
Pomarine Skua (5 @ 18:08)
Arctic Skua (3) (2 pale @ 16:55) (1 dark @ 18:28)
Porthcawl (AM 15/6/13)
Storm Petrel (3)
[SRH, JR, DL]
Port Talbot (06:30-13:30 15/6/13)
Storm Petrel 1 (lingering for 45mins)
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Graham Roblin found this Red-necked Phalarope on a sandy scrape at Kenfig, this afternoon. He got the news out quickly and many birders were able to enjoy the bird if not the trek! Plumage was maybe a little drab and not quite as colourful as one might expect for the species at this time of year. Possibly indicating that this bird is a 1st summer male?
Also showing from this location, albeit briefly, the Purple Heron and a Hobby.
Records of Red-necked Phalarope in Glamorgan
1956: Kenfig Pool 30th Sept. 
1960: Aberavon 11th Sept. 
1960: Worm's Head 17th Sept. , with 1 there on 4th Oct.
1963: Whitmore Bay, Barry 12th Apr. 
1963: Blackpill 5th July 
1963: Kenfig Pool 27th Oct to 3rd Nov. 
1963: Kenfig Pool 24th Nov. 
1964: Blackpill 19th & 20th Sept. 
1975: Neath Est. 27th Sept. 
1977: Kenfig Pool 6th Mar. 
1987: Sker Pool 18th Oct. 
2000: Watermill, Ogmore 13th Nov. 
2003: Eglwys Nunydd Res. 21st to 24th Sept. 
2008: Watermill, Ogmore 15th & 16th Oct. 
2013: Kenfig NNR 15th June 
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Dippers feeding fledged young on the R. Rhymney at Old St. Mellons this am.
Monday, 10 June 2013
It's nice also to record these breeding confirmations straight to the BTO via the BirdTrack app
Thursday, 6 June 2013
|Weighted distribution of Swift records across the county.|
Undoubtedly some observer bias, but the main feeding areas show up well.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Monday, 3 June 2013
|Black-tailed Godwit at Brunel Dock (c) R. Jones|
This year Rob Jones, Gwyn Randall and I are having a friendly race to try and break the 2010 total and by the end of May, Rob's NPT year list stands at 161 and I'm a bit further back on 156. The 2010 total will easily be broken by all 3 of us and hopefully the new record will be set above 180, which will almost certainly be set by Rob. This will bring NPT's year list more in line with neighbouring counties, and not dwarfed by them as is the present situation.
Brigend; 186; (MHn)
Swansea; 188; (BS)
The value of year listing towards the efforts of bird conservation is debatable and I'm sure that many will consider it a waste of effort, money and time? However, it can help provide a snapshot record of bird statuses in an area, particularly when the species that are sometimes considered uncommon, prove difficult to find at all! Clearly one might find the converse to be true in some cases? It also keeps motivation high to go out and record birds, and records taken from the year will undoubtedly be useful further down the line.
The photo above of the Black-tailed Godwit is a good record shot; for the record itself as much as the photo. This bird was found by Bob Anderson on 26/5/13 and there are probably less than 5 records of this species each year in NPT; 2 records in 2010, 1 record in 2011 and 2 records in 2012. Following the guidelines used by WRP for highlighting species of birds that would need to be backed up with a good description or photo to allow for the record to be approved; if NPT had a rarities committee (perish the thought!) then Black-tailed Godwit would be a D-list species. I don't think Bob or Rob would have had too much trouble getting this one approved though....
Note: database records are just that and it is quite possible for others to have recorded higher totals than the ones referred to here.