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Red-Backed Shrike

Observed: 1st September 2011 By: VinnyVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in Birds
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Juvenile with a bee meal! Given how rare they now are in the UK, it was amazing how the warblers and tits in the area knew it was a threat.

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Wonderful photos!

What a rare treat, thank you!

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Thanks Janet

The last time I saw one of these was around 1970/71 in the New Forest. I was only about 4 or 5, but I just about remember my dad lifting me up to show me a nest of babies. This must have been one of the last occasions they bred in the UK. An elderly neighbour told my dad he remembered when they were a relatively common sight in the New Forest.

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Great memories!

It just goes to show how quickly the balance can tip. I've never seen them in this country so you are doubly lucky. Its good you (and we) now have this record.

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Is now sadly only a scarce passage migrant. The bird you photographed is probably a bird hatched in Scandinavia and blown off course on its migration south. Though there has been whispers on the birding grapevine that a pair has nested on the south east coast of England. This along with Wryneck was once a fairly common breeding bird, but due to loss of habitat and the collecting of their eggs by 'eggers' has reduced their status to 'scarce passage migrants'

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