Having already seen two new species, I figured it was worth trying to find the reported Great Grey Shrike at Chilham on the way home from a double-Bunting day in North Kent. Giving it a go only meant a small detour.
Shrikes (also known as Butcherbirds) catch small mammals and impale them on thorns or barbed wire, so that they can rip them into smaller bite-sized chunks.
This particular Shrike had been reported as sitting on the top of a tree by a bridge on Branch Road in Chilham… and, do you know what? As I drove up the road, it was exactly where it was supposed to be.
If only more bird stalking was this easy!
Bird number one-hundred and ninety-three – and possibly my favourite of the year: Super hero-style feathers, vicious-looking hooked beak and a love of kebabs!