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At Last The Shrike !

A cold day today with sleet and rain. Not ideal but walking weather nonetheless. Thursley again and the quest for the Great Grey Shrike !

A short (but numb) walk to Shrike Hill and lots of Goldcrest and Stonechat to keep us company on the way. We even disturbed a very noisy Curlew at Pudmore Pond

Turned out to be a great day as the Shrike was spotted fairly quickly at the west end of shrike hill. We managed to get very close and spent 15-20 minutes watching it hunt. We could have spent much longer watching this amazing bird but the cold was just too unbearable. So, the Shrike remained and continued to search for food whilst we slipped off to the warmth of the car. Next time we must remember to bring some additional layers and a good pair gloves !!

Guest Post - Thursley + Papercourt

As the temperature has increased dramatically over the last few days (to a balmy 17 degrees yesterday) a good long walk seemed a good idea today. Thursley was chosen in the hope of spotting the elusive Great Grey Shrike, which has been seen fairly frequently recently.

Grey skies this morning but very still and also very warm. Lots of birds singing upon arrival but not many to be seen as they all appeared to be well hidden in the trees and bushes. The usual pairs of stonechats were the first to be seen. Plenty of them -  and plenty of noise too. Further into the common there were large numbers of reed buntings, both male and female and also a couple of very reddish pink linnet.  Spent a good 30 minutes watching these as they flew from bush to bush.

Wrens and Goldcrest could also be heard and every now and then could be glimpsed darting in and out of the bushes. No photographs possible of these as they are far too quick and I am far too slow!
Then a few yards further into the common two ve…