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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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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Barred Warbler near Mewslade Valley

A Barred Warbler was seen near the crossroads at Pitton by Ed Hunter, this afternoon. The bird was feeding in the Hawthorn bushes alongside the main road to Rhossili (B4247), between the large barn and the road that leads NE (Bunker's Hill) (SS42798775). Parking is very restricted around here but is available at top end of Mewslade Valley (£3/day).
Map showing rough location of crossroads at Pitton.
Unfortunately for me the Barred Warbler flew out of sight minutes before I could get to the location. It was looked for by at least 3 observers between 14:15 to 17:30 but with no further sign. Perhaps there had been a bit of a clear out of birds during the afternoon as there was no sign either of any of the 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, also noted in the area earlier by Ed.

This record of a Barred Warbler will be the first for West Glamorgan.

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