The latest annual bird report from the Glamorgan Bird Club has been published.
As ever, the bulk of the report is taken up by the species accounts, commentating on the fortunes of resident, migrant and rare birds observed during the year. There’s good and bad news. Goosanders bred in our region for the first time, and the harsh winter weather was good for Bittern watchers. Tree Sparrow may now be extinct, with just a single record from the Vale, and Dartford Warblers retracted to a single site, having shown signs of a possible expansion from there in the last few years.
A review of the year’s rarities shows that East Glamorgan is not always a barren wasteland for those looking to bump their lists up. Marsh Warbler was recorded for the first time, while Glossy Ibis and Great White Egret were recorded for only the second and fourth time respectively.
Other features include a report on the year’s weather, ringing reports, migrant dates, BTO news, the county list and obituaries for two well-known members of the local birding scene, Howard Nicholls and Graham Duff. Glamorgan Moth Recording Group provide a short item on their year’s highlights, and the report is punctuated with a range of line drawings and photographs from talented local birders.
The Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report is free to all members of the Glamorgan Bird Club.
Copies may be purchased from John Wilson for £7.50 & postage.
Editor of the Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report
122 Westbourne Road
Vale of Glamorgan
tel: 02920 339424