Red-backed Shrike Lanius Collurio
Astwood, Nr Newport Pagnell - 19th-23rd September 2005
Photos copyright Ken Plows
Photos copyright Tim Watts
Photo copyright Mike Collard
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.