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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Woodchat Shrike at Fairwood Common

It was great to catch up with the Woodchat Shrike that Wendall found yesterday at Fairwood Common. There has been some discussion that it might be the Llangennith Woodchat Shrike relocated? At the time, during today's visit, while I was looking at the bird I also thought that the downy plumage was consistent with the Llangennith Shrike. However, having now compared the photos I took today with Rob Taylor's photos (and others) it is clear they are different birds. The key area being around the bill; where the Llangennith Shrike shows a lot of white above the bill and around the eye the Fairwood Shrike does not.

1 comment:

Barry Stewart said...

Really nice shots Mark - clearly show that it's a different bird. Interestingly this location has also had Red-backed and Great Grey Shrikes in the last few years.