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Monday, 5 January 2015

Great Grey Shrike on Gower

Yesterday, a report was made to Birdguides about a Great Grey Shrike at Pengwern Common. The grid ref given showed that it was seen in the south-east corner of the common. This morning the bird was still present at first light being seen briefly by AJ. By early afternoon the Shrike had been relocated by JNE just west of the airfield on Fairwood Common.
As is often the case Great Grey Shrikes will often be found in the same general area that previous birds have been seen to use. The Fairwood Common site has recent form too - with a Great Grey Shrike being found on 12th Nov 2007 by BS that went on to stay 4 days at least. Interestingly a Woodchat Shrike was another visitor that made use of this exact same area in 2011 found by WT. That bird stayed only 3 days. Hopefully this bird will stay a bit longer than previously found shrikes.

NOTE - finders G. Rees and A. King

1 comment:

chris brewer said...

there's also a record of adult male RB shrike from this general area, June 2006. The whole area looks ideal for shrikes, but due to the large area and most of it being under watched, one could easily slip through the net.Always worth a check from the roadside.