|Male red-backed shrike (J Carter)|
However, when news broke yesterday afternoon that a male red-backed shrike had been discovered along the Dawson Bank hedgerow, a small gaggle of West Lancaster birders suddenly found the need to take their daily exercise (as per government guidelines, after all).
Personally, I've spent time on the patch pretty much every day since I was furloughed but I'd given Saturday a miss due to the glorious weather and the likely hordes of walkers, cyclists etc, as a result of the lack of coherent messaging about staying at home... I believe the phrase may be Sod's law!
|Local birders observing social distancing (P Crooks)|
Red-backed shrike is a long-overdue first the Aldcliffe area and is represents the third species of shrike to be seen here.
A great grey shrike spent some time in Freeman's Wood back in December 1991 and a stunning woodchat shrike was in almost the same area (and remarkably close in date) on 8/9 May 2014.