Red-backed Shrike Lanius Collurio

Astwood, Nr Newport Pagnell - 19th-23rd September 2005

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Photos copyright Ken Plows

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This juvenile male Red-backed Shrike was found by Paul Nye close to the Bucks/Beds border on 18th September.  It frequented a hedgerow close to a road and was spotted by Paul as he drove past.  It was present for several days enabling many local birders to get a long awaited Bucks tick.   The last Bucks record was amazingly in 1972, which is rather odd considering that they bred in the county just prior to then. 

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