Saturday, 13 September 2008

SHRIKE!

Last weekend I said to Janet, wouldn't it be great to see something like a red-backed shrike perched on top of the pile of fly tipping next to the honest romany folks caravans, just to put ' bird showing well on pile of pikey's tipping' on the pager....well it nearly happened today.
We decided it was too wet'n'windy to ring this morning, but JF and I decided to go birding at Dru and check out places for new net rides. There were still a few migrants about like redstarts, whinchat, whitethoats, spotfly etc as we worked the bushes at the north end, I even went through the 'mugwort' valley of death in hope of a bluethroat and then waded neck deep along the lake outfall - no luck.


Spotfly


After checking the pools, we headed towards the entrance willows via the bushes by the new NWT bridge, just beyond them we picked up a juvenile red-backed shrike on the fence. I put it on the pager as being opposite the gypsy camp, only then it flew directly to their pile of fly-tipping and perched right on top! A premonition or what! Good bird for the patch, I've had one here before, a good few years ago. I missed the one Boulmer Birder had by the farm in the last year of the patch competition - then again so did everybody else.......there was a whitethoat there.....



The RB shrike caused a bit of twitch, no doubt to the amusement/dismay of the HRF, maybe they were aggrieved that we had invaded their privacy.



Earlier a quick look offshore produced a red-necked grebe (moulting into winter plumage) and another, smaller, unidentified grebe.


On a sadder note, the receding floodwater have left pools behind on the path conataining hundreds of dead and dying sticklebacks - the forgotten victims of last weekends floods, we didn't see Prince Charles and Camilla coming to rescue them!


The dead and dying....


144 red-necked grebe

145 red-backed shrike

3 comments:

Boulmer Birder said...

Cheeky get....whitethroat indeed...I hope you got nettled in the mugwort valley of death...

darrell j prest said...

HRF ? we call'em pikeys down my way,though i prefer the name by a periodical from your way 'TGB'

Ipin said...

BB - I did...ta.. I did credit your wryneck today tho to make up for dissing your r-b s!

Darrell - the 'northern' periodical had to change the title of that cartoon from TGB to HRF due to being sued as racists!