Thursday, 27 October 2011

Great Grey Shrike (23/10/11)

A bright but blustery day and I went to Thursley Common.

On arrival I walked out on the boardwalk, over shrike hill and then along the bog near the moat.  There were quite a lot of people searching for the shrike and nobody had seen it.  I gave the bog one more scan and suddenly picked up the bird sitting on a blackened tree.

I got another couple of birders onto it and then watched it for the next 1/2 hour or so.  It seemed to have a circuit and didn't seem overly afraid of casual walkers.  I eventually went down to where it seemed to perch a lot and eventually got some photos.

Also in the area were a few Crossbills, one male perched in a low tree by the boardwalk.

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