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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Yellow-browed Warbler at Baglan Dunes

 Darren C, Rob J and I were fortunate enough to watch this little beauty at close range, earlier today. When Darren described a brief view of a small Phyllosc with a bold supercillium it certainly seemed worth waiting around to check it out. About 10mins later it presented itself to us before, somewhat frustratingly, disappearing into the deeper wood. Some 40mins later it reappeared, announcing its arrival with a number of distinctive calls.
 The bird was associating itself loosely with a Tit flock but seemed fairly loyal to the area shown below. This isolated wood has always looked great to produce something so it's good now to chalk up this prize find. As far as I'm aware this will be the first YBW for the Baglan side of this dune system complex. Well done to Darren and thanks also Darren & Rob for staying patient with me and helping keep an eye on the bird while I was getting a few record shots.
The bird was still present & calling when we left it at 14:00. The area above (SS 7259 9206) is next to the Wales Coastal Path and best accessed from Brunel Dock near The Quays

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