Monday, December 03, 2012

Shrike photos



See earlier post re dead shrike found by Sue Ludhill at Southowram last month, Sue has now sent her photos.....a sad end to a great record.

9 comments:

Andrew Huyton said...

Many thanks for the photos Sue and taking the time to pass on the news, a great if tragic record.

DJSutcliffe said...

Well done for getting photo's Sue. A very good record for Calderdale despite the sadness of the event. What a shame for such a rare bird for our area to meet such a sad end.

heavy birder said...

15th record for Calderdale and the first since 1999.

Steve Blacksmith said...

If no-one wants the body, I met Dr John Mather at the BTO Yorkshire conference recently. He wrote Birds of Yorkshire and has done years of work on ectoparasites of starlings.

He would probably be interested in preserving the skin for scientific purposes (e.g.research into races of Great Grey Shrike.)
Please leave a message here.

Nick Carter said...

Andy Cockroft has already laid a claim to the body if its available Steve, I'm not sure why he wants it. I have e mailed the finder to see if it was retained.

Steve Blacksmith said...

That's Ok, if a local birder like Andy wants to preserve it.

Nick Carter said...

Thats good of you Steve thanks

Nick Carter said...

Think Andy might pass on to you after he has had a good look at it, suggest you contact him.

Steve Blacksmith said...

cheers I'll do that.