Monday, 9 November 2015

Patch Gold!

Highlight of this morning's walk round my Henlow Grange patch was a Great Grey Shrike!!!! Not only a patch tick; not only a SFYL tick but (probably) the first GGS I have found for myself. There was a commotion of Linnet and Corn Bunting alarm calls as they chased something across the horse paddocks alongside the railway. It took me a while to realise it was a shrike, but when the penny dropped I'm sure I had a big smile on my face. The smaller birds chased the Shrike until it landed on a hawthorn bush alongside the railway where it stayed for about 5 minutes before it was flushed by a train. While perched, it was not mobbed by any smaller birds. After another 5 minutes the Shrike reappeared on top of another hawthorn bush on the far side of the railway. This time it remained in view for about 10 minutes, occasionally dropping into the bush where it could be seen moving about. It was flushed by another train and this time flew east towards the solar panel farm, landing in a hedge (alongside the track to the farm) where it was lost to view.
Distant view of Great Grey Shrike, Henlow Grange, 08/11/2015
Distant view of Great Grey Shrike, Henlow Grange, 08/11/2015




2 comments:

  1. The perfect SFYT! Congratulations Roger.

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  2. Very nice Roger and good to see that it (appears) to still be there today after a bit of time.

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