The Empire Shrikes Back

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!

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

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!

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Redwing

Redwing

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About mixaeljones

Hello! I try to undertake a yearly challenge and write about it in a semi-witty manner. I often use twenty words when three will do. I am also a big fan of terrible puns and taking unintentionally blurry photographs of wildlife. In 2013 I tried to eat a food I hadn't eaten before each week (I got to 28!), in 2014 I attempted to seek out as many species of bird as I could in the year (I got to 201!) and in 2015 I delved head first into the world of butterflies and tried to see as many different types as possible (44!)... I've also done some belly dancing, been Father Christmas and nearly played tennis against Bjorn Borg. If any of this seems like it might be of interest, feel free to check out my blogs... Comments encouraged! Have a nice day :)
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