Photo: Arne Ader
Red-backed shrike in juniper top
On Wednesday a message arrived by Rariliin
that a lesser grey shrike
) was present in the Valguta polder. I went twitching at once but the bird had disappeared. It was very windy and obviously it had gone somewhere into the bushes for shelter. We moved around in the area for several hours in the evening but the shrike remained unseen. On Thursday morning we looked the area over thoroughly once more but only red-backed shrikes
) were to be seen. Unfortunately the rarity shrikes won’t stay stationary for particularly long. During the last few years I have tried to twitch the woodchat shrike
) three times and the lesser grey shrike
once, but the score at the moment is 4:0, to the shrikes.
Because I have been seen/heard all common bird species already this year new species are slow to come now, On Thursday I finally got the turtle dove
) into my year list, it is the 254th bird species
in my 2012 species list.