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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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Friday, 5 April 2013

Shrike and the Shrew

(c) R. Jones
The Great Grey Shrike showed well yesterday near Crynant, but not today. Rob and I watched it catch at least 4 Common Lizards and this unfortunate Shrew. It was interesting that the Shrike took the Shrew to a dead tree first, where it killed it and then made a puncture in the skin. Then it took the prey down to this 'larder', which is a fallen Spruce with a splayed branch. It was able to peg the Shrew very quickly before flying off to a distant dead tree . Very quickly afterwards it dropped down to catch a Common Lizard which it killed and ate immediately.
Other notable sightings from the day were a Woodcock and a male Ring Ousel.

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