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RED-BACKED SHRIKE - Lanius collurio

 

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2017:

A summer male was found on Vinney Lane, Horton on May 29th at ST: 744857 where it remained until around 19:30.

 

2013:

There was an unconfirmed report of one on Littleton Warth late morning on the 25th July. On the same day a second observer 'tweeted' a message to the same effect which was  later posted by the RBA pager service at 08:35 on July 26th.

 

2003:

On August 30th a 1st winter was found about one kilometre south of Severn Beach.

1988:

On June 16th a male was seen briefly in a garden at Frampton Cotterell.

 

1944:

A breeding pair were watched and presumably summered at Patchway.

 

1943:

On June 11th two were observed near Stoke Gifford, a breeding pair that presumably summered; Two were present on at least July 4th at Patchway. A breeding pair that presumably summered. As the use of feathers as nesting material by this species is considered to be most exceptional, the nest of one of these pairs was of particular interest in that feathers were loosely woven in all round the rim, giving it an unusually large and untidy appearance. A detailed examination of the nest after the young had flown showed that not only were feathers present in considerable numbers throughout but that they formed the greater part of the material used. A ready supply in poultry runs on a nearby building estate was, no doubt, the reason for the birds using feathers so extensively (cf. British Birds, Volume: XXXVII, pp. 114 and 155); A male was found at Haw Wood, Cribbs Causeway on Spaniorum Hill sometime on June 20th.

 

1940:

Sometime in the spring and summer a pair nested and reared young on a small piece of waste ground immediately adjoining Yate railway station and only a few yards from the local cinema.

1874:

Bristol Naturalists Society New Series Volume 1: 1874 -75 - 76. Listed as frequent in the Hallen area in 1874. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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