Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Great Grey Shrike and Stonechat - Papercourt Meadows

A Great Grey Shrike at Papercourt Meadows was a fantastic winter bird to get the heart rate going. I have seen this species once in Russia in 1999 and last year on Thursley Common, so was happy to get another viewing. I found out on Tuesday when I got a call from my mate Dave Baker. A backed up sewer put the kibosh on twitching it; so I waited until the following afternoon and luckily snagged a distant look.

Today I headed back to Papercourt, hoping to get a better look at this individual. Alas, it was a no show. I did, however, get some nice digi-shots with my iPhone of a pair of Stonechat.