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.
All visitors are welcome. You must first register by sending an email to GlamRC@gmail.com before you can contribute. An invite will be sent to your email address. Blog content will be strictly moderated. Access to pages and downloads are available to everyone. All photographs on this blog remain the property of the originator. If you would like to use photos, please arrange permission beforehand.
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.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
It looks fit and healthy which begs the question, when is it going to leave?
No-one has sent to me any descriptions relating to Kumlien's Gulls from from 2014 so far. A few people have responded to my request for shots of flying birds. Thus far I am confident that two 2nd Cal year birds ranged widely between Blackpill, Crymlyn Burrows and Fendrod Lake. Although one of the birds seems right on the margin of being identified to race safely. Caution might prevail there. Both birds will be submitted as 2nd Cal year Kumlien's and I think I have enough photos to present a case for both.
The Burry Holms Kumlien's Gull from 2014 are very poorly represented with photos showing them in flight. Another way to write that is that no-one has provided me any flight shots of Kumlien's Gulls from Burry Holms in 2014, and sadly I never connected with one there. My request therefore is for anyone who has in their possession decent flight shots from this site please send them to me. Thank you.
|Kumlien's Gull Fendrod Lake 23/3/14|
Friday, 27 March 2015
For info, the funeral will be on Weds 8th April at All Saints Church, Victoria Rd, Porthcawl at 1:45.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
|© J. Slocombe|
|© J. Slocombe|
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Also attached is a photo I took of one of the birds last March, it appears to have a smudge of black on the right P9 very similar to that in Mark's photos from today. Would love to know if these marks are genetic and there like a fingerprint each year or whether they can vary from year to year.
There are a few photos of previous birds available on Iris http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?mode=advanced&tx=672&sn=cardiff&rty=0&r=1&st=1&gallery=0&v=0 unfortunately as the images are only 640 pixels it's a bit difficult to get much detail on them. To me the photos of the 2009 and 2012 birds look remarkably similar to the bird Andy and I photographed this year and those of the 2010 like the bird in Mark's photos and mine and Jim Almond's from last March.
Interesting stuff, going to have to spend a bit of time down there and see if I can get some more photos!
|© P. Howell|
|© P. Howlett|
Monday, 23 March 2015
Sunday, 22 March 2015
which I think relieve me of the need to write a full description. :-)
PS looks like this might be the bird that Phil Bristow saw earlier in the morning at Sluice Farm, heading d/c.
For convenience here's Alan pic off FB.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
The Kenfig Saltmarsh is a fairly remote birding location in Glamorgan, yet still receives good coverage by David Carrington, Darren Coombs, Neil Donaghy and a number of other birders. However, to some, the location is a bit of a mystery. There are number of ways to access it, but if unfamiliar with the location then head to where the Wales Coastal Path crosses the Kenfig River.
The open water and reedbed make it good for wildfowl throughout the year, but it's not always easy to see them. Indeed, watching the site carefully for a couple of hours can still leave you wondering if you might have missed something! During passage period it's fairly good for waders, though this is often determined by the water levels. This year the water levels seem much more favourable for waders compared to last year when the water levels remained very high throughout the summer and autumn. The last few years have seen Woodchat Shrike and Wryneck in the area but the location is best known for the waterbirds it's attracted, such as Green-winged Teal, Garganeys, Purple Herons, Wood Sandpiper, etc
Wildfowl - are attracted to the open water and reedbed. When the water levels are high there can be good numbers of wildfowl found south of the reedbed and can be viewed fairly safely from the haul road or dunes next to it. Too much disturbance or low water levels generally force the wildfowl into the pools within the reedbed. These pools are only viewable from the edge of Morfa Tip. Birds such as the recent Garganeys are often fairly mobile and can be seen flying between the different areas of open water within the reedbed, and also to or from the open water south of the main reedbed. If going down to see a bird like a Garganey or Green-winged Teal it's best to expect a wait of an hour or two, checking all the open water areas, before the bird appears.
Waders - from this area, in my experience, are only found in the area south of the main reedbed and generally only when the water levels have dropped enough to expose some muddy edges. This area is often referred to as the 'scrape', although my understanding is that the area has developed naturally, perhaps aided by the cows periodically visiting the area to drink and graze. The cows often flush everything from the 'scrape' when they use it and that has often forced the more uncommon species away completely. However, in the last few years a number of really nice scrapes have been created in the dunes nearby and if they retain water over the summer months it might encourage more passage waders to stick around longer than in previous years.
If visiting the area and you see a bird that has already been reported or find a decent bird then please make a note of where the bird was seen. The boundary between East Glam and West Glam runs through 'Kenfig saltmarsh', and it's really helpful for David Gilmore and myself to know which area the bird was seen in. Often, particularly for wildfowl, a sighting might involve a bird visiting both recording areas; informing us of that will be most appreciated and helpful.
I've heard a few predictions for this year at Kenfig Saltmarsh including Little Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Spotted Crake and Black-winged Stilt. Hopefully one or more of those will come true in addition to the completely unexpected species! To finish I should mention that the location is home to a number of breeding species of birds, and other wildlife, that are susceptible to disturbance and so I would ask that no-one enters scrape or reedbed. The birds that turn up here are invariable easy to see by watching the area from a safe distance.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
Friday, 13 March 2015
Monday, 9 March 2015
Sunday, 8 March 2015
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
On River Taff 100yds north of the roadbridge - 1 adult little gull showing very well, 2nd winter med gull and 3 goosander (1 drake).