A Red-backed Shrike
was photographed near Pwllheli's Hafan y Mor last week.
The French word for the related red-backed shrike
, l'ecorcheur or "flayer," brings me back to the butcher bird term.
A red-backed shrike
on Cowpen Marsh was a big draw, but an even bigger tick was its cousin, a woodchat shrike, which had birders wading through waist high bracken above Scaling Dam.
It shares this feature with all the other shrike species passing through Egypt in spring: the Red-backed Shrike
, the Woodchat Shrike, the Lesser Grey Shrike, the Isabelline Shrike and of course, the Masked Shrike.
In the pastures being used in the project, five species of beetle that are on the red list of endangered animals have been discovered, as well as some rare birds such as the red-backed shrike
. Where the new cattle are feeding, new habitats are emerging for other life forms.
Some declines have been catastrophic: the grey partridge, whose chicks fed on the insects once abundant in cornfields, and the charming spotted flycatcher, a specialist predator of aerial insects, have both declined by more than 95 per cent, while the red-backed shrike
, which feeds on big beetles, became extinct in Britain in the 1990s.
In fact, most of the known recent extinctions in Britain are of woodland species, such as the red-backed shrike
or scarce dagger moth.
curruca) Common chiffchaff 1/1,104 (0.1) 2 (Phylloscopus collybita) Great reed warbler 3/30 (10.0) 2.7 (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) Savi's warbler 2/20 (10.0) 1 (Locustella luscinioides) Cetti's warbler 3/187 (1.6) 1 (Cettia cetti) Eurasian blue tit 1/10 (10.0) 1 (Cyanistes caeruleus) Red-backed shrike
1/193 (0.5) 1 (Lanius collurio) Total 65/9,117 (0.7) Bird (species) Tick characteristic ([dagger]) Species Age, no.
An ornithologist's dream - the red-backed shrike
lanius collurio making an appearance after an absence of 30 years.
A RED-backed Shrike
was a nice find on the Great Orme last weekend, as this species remains quite scarce in Wales.
Trevor's first wildlife passion was bird watching, so he has also noticed the disappearance of the nightingale and red-backed shrike
and the increasing scarcity of the cuckoo, restart, turtle dove and spotted flycatcher as their habitats and food supplies dwindled.