Posts Tagged ‘Red backed Shrike

27
Sep
22

Another Brick in the Wall

Holkham looked a good bet for today’s birding tour. It wasn’t the juvenile Red Backed Shrike that lit up our walk; or even the two or three Yellow browed Warblers that were shouting at us from the end of the pines. Not even the four Cattle Egrets in with the Belted Galloways took centre stage. It was the Wall Butterflies.

I have honestly never seen Wall Butterflies in such profusion. We must have seen about 40 or so during the afternoon. Not in one’s and two’s but frequently in groups of three or four.

I think I managed to see more Walls in one afternoon than I have seen collectively over a couple of years. Perhaps these are a third brood taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine and the shelter from that persistent Northerly wind offered by the pines.

24
Sep
20

Two shrikes and you’re out.

A weekend of shrikes. The first a Brown Shrike. Once a quest of a bird. The Holy Grail of Shrikes; but no more. Toppled by rarer birds from the far East. The second a pirate of a shrike. A one eyed Red Backed. That in itself made it special. Well, it’s the first one eyed Shrike I’ve ever seen … of any species. I quite admired its tenacity. Squinting its way across the sea with a tail wind and now leaping from the barbed wire fence onto bugs and beatles … presumably missing half of them. I took a photo of the Red backed’s good side. After all, who wants to show the world your worst side.

 

16
Sep
15

Shrike one!

Sat inside a hedgerow the Red Backed Shrike at Salthouse last week was showing quite well. I wonder where it originated.

Red backed Shrike

28
Oct
14

peeping

Peeping out of a bush the other day was a lovely Red backed Shrike.

Everyone craves for the colourful males; and they are splendid. For me however, I like the tones and scalloped edges of the first year birds.

2014 10 22 Red backed Shrike Lowestoft Suffolk_Z5A9514

 




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