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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Sunday, 30 January 2011

'South-eastern' Lesser Whitethroat

Julie & Wayne have been doing a good job keeing their birds well fed throughout the cold weather. The Lesser Whitethroat has been visiting their Skewen garden almost daily.
The sandy brown upperparts looked strikingly pale in the bright sunshine today...
The extensively white outer-tail feathers are also characteristc of the south-eastern races, this pattern perhaps favouring ssp. halimodendri according to Shirihai et al's 'Sylvia Warblers'...
 In shade the bird still looked very pale and the fine bill is shown well in this shot...