I decided to pay another brief visit to Staines Moor an hour before dusk to see if I could find the Brown Shrike that I had dipped on October 22nd. As I took the walk down to the patch several birders were leaving but informed me the bird was still showing though being a similar time to my last visit I wasn’t to hopeful. The walk didn’t seem as long this time and as I crossed the first bridge 2 birders (Tom & Sean) were set up on the south side of the river but no sign of the bird though Tom said it had been seen 20 minutes prior to my arrival, nothing new there then!
Slowly working the south side of the river Sean spotted it in a distant bush. I moved across to join him and there it was my first Shrike. I managed 2 very poor shots through my mobile but whilst I reached for the camera it disappeared. I stayed around for a further half hour but with the light failing it had surely gone to roost. There are records of 4 previous Brown Shrike in the UK - source Rare Bird Alert
YES THAT IS THE BROWN SHRIKE!
BROWN SHRIKE COURTESEY OF DAVE HUTTON A LINK TO HIS PHOTO WEBSITE IS IN THE WEBSITE LISTINGS