A Great Grey Shrike has been wintering at the National Trust’s Clumber Park, in Nottinghamshire. It has been favouring an area called South Lawns, a reasonable walk from the visitor centre car park.
I managed to see the bird on Friday 15th March in extremely windy conditions. It was quite challenging for taking photographs and made it very difficult trying to approach the bird. With patience though,
I managed to get a few pictures, of what can be a difficult bird to photograph in Britain.
The Great Grey Shrike is a scarce autumn migrant and annual winter visitor to our shores, mainly from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
Shrikes are often called the “Butcher Bird”, due to their habit of impaling their prey on thorns of bushes, such as Hawthorn.