This afternoon a juvenile Woodchat Shrike was showing well at Harrington Airfield, in the close vicinity of the first bunker walking from the chippings compound. An old 19th Century record is the only previous record of this species in the county. A Hobby was also on show as well as plenty of Common Buzzards and a very tatty Red Kite.
Eleanor and Neil
Juvenile Woodchat Shrike.
This bird was sallying after
large insects such as wasps
and bees and consuming them.
It was seen to cough up a pellet
and impale a Bumblebee on a rose
thorn as part of a larder, something
the shrike family is famous for.