Late on Monday I had a text reporting a Red-backed Shrike on the edge of Salisbury Plain. Typically another bird that I wanted to see, (especially as it is needed for my Wiltshire list) found a long way from the weekend. With no chance of getting there before or after work I decided to take a half-day holiday. Work commitments meant Tuesday afternoon wasn’t an option so Wednesday morning was booked off. Of course it showed well on Tuesday so would it stay? I arrived at Weatherhill Firs before eight and started checking out the bushes. After about twenty minutes I caught a movement and sure enough there was the bird, it was dropping into the grass and then back onto the bush. After watching for a few minutes I moved closer to try for some pictures. As I had heard the Shrike was very confiding and didn’t seem at all bothered as I took my photos. I then carried for a short walk. Plenty of birds around with a good amount of Swallows and House Martins overhead. Also seen along with the commoner birds were Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Two Stonechat were also seen whilst driving back across the Plain.