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Sun 30th August 2009

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

birds : I got a slightly bit twitchy yesterday when I got the grapevine call of a juvenile Red-backed Shrike at Pleinmont. Not that Red-backed Shrike is that exciting, just that I'd not seen one in Guernsey before. Luckily I was a a bit tied up and didn't rush off because when he looked at his photos, Mark Guppy thought it was a Woodchat Shrike, and when I saw them, it certainly was. So I didn't rush there since Woodchat was on my Guernsey list already and went to visit it today instead. It was in the small valley between the Scramble Track and Mont Herault, an area that I used to check when I used to be a regular visitor to Pleinmont, as it looks classic rare bird territory. As is typical of shrikes , it showed very well for us, perching high up on the bushes. I managed to snap off plenty of photos but most were blurred due to the annoying wind/old tripod combination, but I got a few acceptable ones.

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Woodchat Shrike, Pleinmont

 

Categories: Other Rarities, 2009 Summer