Red-backed Shrike at the Martello Tower ........ with a few additions.

It's always joyful when you not only hear about repeated sightings of a scarce bird - you get to see and photograph it too!  This particular shrike was near the 'Y' Martello tower between Bawdsey and Hollesley and it was being very obliging:

If only birding could always feature this obliging a bird ..... but then I suspect the challenge is good for us!

Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Wow Clare, what a little beauty and stunning photos of this rarity, a real delight to see, thanks. Wish I lived nearer to be able to go see this striking bird.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • What a cutie, lovely pics Clare

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • As Hazel said, wow & wow, what a fabulous bird and photos Clare, lucky you.


    Tony

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wherryman/

  • oh, what a lovely little find, super shots too :o)
  • Wow, Clare, what a cracking bird to see and great photos of it. Looks like it could be a juvenile which may explain why it was so confiding.

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    Regards,Tony

    My Flickr Photostream 

  • Oh what a cracking little bird and stunning photos, Clare. Thank you

    Cin J

  • Great to see and especially since it posed for such lovely photos. Normally, I hear about more visits from Great Greys and nothing at all about Red-backeds, but this year has been a complete reverse for some reason. As a youngster and long before I knew anything about birding they used to be one of my favourites, although I've never seen one.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • I also saw these beauties:

    A beautiful whinchat.  This is one of only three photos I got of it before it flew off.

    One of the best things about this time of year is seeing birds like whinchats and wheatears.

    This one was particularly obliging, something I'm definitely not used to!

    Finishing with a pied wagtail - not a rarity but too adorable to leave out.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Good morning, Jenny. Nice to see you!

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • What gorgeous birds, Clare! I've never seen either a Red-backed Shrike or a Whinchat, more's the pity! I saw a Shrike (not Red-backed) once, many years ago (but in a land far away!) Fell in love with them from our children's birdbook, many years before I actually saw one.

    Kind regards, 

    Ann