Wiltshire Shrikes Again

The good run of August birds continues with a juvenile Woodchat Shrike at Blakehill near Cricklade. When I got the text this morning I was working and heading for Abergavenny. I finished work at just befor twelve and headed straight out to Blakehill. A couple of birders returning to the car park confirmed that it was still around so I headed off on the short walk along the track to the viewing point. There were several people looking but the bird wasn’t showing. After a few minutes I picked it up on some brambles. It dropped out of sight again but then reappeared allowing all present to get on it. A lovely bird, my second in the UK and both in Wiltshire.

I watched it come and go for a few minutes before heading home. Back home a check of the garden Buddleia found in excess of fifty butterflies with the painted lady showing again, this time in a better position.

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