Saturday, 17 November 2018

Cosmeston

Of wildfowl interest, there were 16 Teal, a pair of Wigeon and a pair of Teal on W lake this morning. The huge number of Canadas were still present. Not so much thrush activity today although it as quite gusty.
Of great interest tho' was that 30 minutes after I had left, my friend Graham Smith came upon an Isabelline Shrike by the kissing gate that gives access to W. paddock! He managed to get some photos and then it vanished into thin air! I and quite a few others searched various locations until dusk with no luck. It is an eastern species which breeds in central Asia. There have been 27 accepted records to date, in Britain & Ireland.

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