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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Monday, 10 June 2013

Confirming Breeding

Confirming a breeding bird is a very rewarding part of any days birding. I was somewhat blown away by a Redstart pair at Melincourt, just over a week ago. Nesting in a hole in a tree, about 1m above the ground and right next to the public footpath does sound a bit ridiculous, but I'm not necessarily against this type of behaviour!
It was nice also to find that the Stonechat pairs at Crymlyn Burrows have successfully raise young once more this year, and males were singing again there, over the weekend.
Stumbling upon fledgeling Willow Warblers is always a welcome experience. These at the Neath Canal, this afternoon, were a timely reminder that even in the middle of Neath, not all the birds heard singing early in the year are migrants passing through.
It's nice also to record these breeding confirmations straight to the BTO via the BirdTrack app

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