After Colin gittens reported a Great grey shrike at afan argoed area a couple of days ago i decided to see if i could relocate it after it flew across to the other side of the valley, hoping it would return to the same area. After a long search i almost gave up when the bird suddenly re-appeared above the forestry track the bird was very mobile and flying around from tree top to tree top covering the whole clear fell area before it disappeared again. So i decided to head home only to come across the bird again on the track just behind Bryn.
afan argoed/bryn bird
Today myself and Scott squires went for a stroll over to the beech woods at cwm cynffig hoping to get a brambling, but the lack of beech mast left on the trees points towards a potential poor year for brambling in this wood but the number of crossbill seem to be up compared to last years numbers approx 30 birds feeding and also looked like they were carrying nesting material? early maybe not sure. We decided to walk up to the bodvoc stone clear fell area to look for snipe and possible jack snipe but was changed as soon as we came across another Great grey shrike now this is the question could this be the same bird that i had seen the previous day in bryn? Or is this another bird? after receiving a text from Mark hipkin that the shrike at Afan argoed/bryn had not been found today by numerous birders suggests that this could well be the same bird.
mynydd margam bird