Posted by: Leafie | January 29, 2014

Great Grey Shrike @ Radnor Forest

A very mobile individual seen briefly in a large patch of clear fell this afternoon near the Mynydd Ffoesidoes nature reserve (distant record shot attached).

GGS

Other notable sightings included 2 Goshawk, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Teal, a distant flock of 20-25 finches which were probably crossbills and 4 Roe Deer.

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  1. Great sighting Paul, well done!

  2. Must have been quite grim up there today—cold drizzley in New Radnor today so hills must be bitter indeed,
    Well spotted :)

  3. Well spotted and well caught .

  4. Hi Paul, would this be a first for Radnor?

  5. These are ‘regular’ visitors to Powys with probably a couple of birds visiting Radnorshire every winter. It’s just finding them!!

  6. What an unusual little bird, very interesting to this amateur…

  7. Nice find Paul.

  8. As Paul rightly says its just a case of finding them, back in the 70s-80s there use to be a postman, forget his name now, who used to be good at finding them, sometimes at, or near, the same location several yrs running The western fringes of Maelienydd used to be one good recurring site, as was various parts of the Rad Forest (depending on where the clear fell was). I think individuals can be faithful to a particular wintering site,until, I presume, they die off. Carlton

  9. As Carlton says, they can be very site faithful, so if you have any old RWT news letters with a ‘winter’ bird report it’ll be worth checking for Great Grey Shrike sightings as there’s a good chance of them returning the following winter to where they were originally seen.

  10. Or get a job as a postman!, Carlton.

  11. WONDERFUL! I’ve not seen a shrike since I was about 5 – on the Long Mynd. Please pass this photo on to Springwatch’s website!!


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