Ha…. after Fridays trip and saying how rare the place felt, what happens but a Masked Shrike is found at Rose Cottage early Saturday morning! We had football on Saturday so couldn’t go till today, Sunday. We arrived around midday and soon saw the Shrike as it fed along the hedge row east of Rose Cottage. Big thanks goes to the obs for arranging parking and viewing.
Not visible above is the delightful apricot flank colour that was present on the birds right side.
The area was full of birders and sometimes seeing some birds was hard, we never really tried to see the OBP as it was being flushed a lot (why for heavens sake! This seemingly more and more common and to me irritating?) and seemed to be mostly glimpsed in flight as a result… Whats the point! However we did see 3 Flycatcher species, Pied, Spotted and Red breasted. I only snapped a Pied but I also include an old shot of RBF taken on Scilly!
There were still birds arriving, including this really knackered Redstart, that was sitting sleepily in a hedge.
There were also still some Wheatears around…
At the end of the day we went for seconds at the Shrike and there were Roe Deer feeding in the field.
Whilst we were watching the Shrike, a message came over the radio of a possible small locustella, cue a small search in vain… got to say I think we gave up too easy, given the nature of the bird and getting a certain ID. Last time I was at Spurn and we went locustella searching we tried much harder even though it was a Gropper when caught.