Sunday, 26 October 2008
Great Grey Shrike
Watched this bird try and chase down a Linnet which when the shrike gave up turned round and mobbed it. The Shrike then got in amongst a flock of Linnets before turning its attention to the juvenile Red Backed Shrike that was also in the area. First I knew of this was the screaming call of the fleeing Red Backed Shrike as the Great Grey unsuccesfully pursued it across the marsh.
A couple of birders present told me that they had seen it catch and eat a Linnet, Blue Tit, Linnet and Frog over the previous couple of days.