Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Red backed Shrike on the North Denes
On tuesday 27th August, the exceptional list of bank holiday migrants continued when Rob Wil found an RB Shrike on the bush by the lighthouse cafe on the North Denes. Not having enough time to twitch it in the morning, I patiently waited until after work and parked by the Oval, walking over to the first bramble bush north of the Oval I spotted Danny P and sure enough the excellent Red- backed Shrike was perched on the top of the bush showing very well. It was bathed in golden sunlight and occasionally caught foof from off the ground always flying back to the bush, ending up on its left hand side. It eventually flew to the next bush north of there (about half the size of this one) and again perched on the top of the right hand side of the bush where again it posed beautifully. I managed to obtain a few shots and left it perched there and was able to show a late arriving Peter N and his wife exactly where it was, even pointing out the bird on top of the bush!