Monday, 9 September 2019

Red-backed Shrike, Holland Haven Country Park

A Red-backed Shrike was found at Holland Haven Country park yesterday and it was our destination this morning. Holland Haven is situated between Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. Although we live in Essex it's still seventy-four miles from home.

We had very little information on the bird but were hoping it had decided to stick around for a second day. Upon arrival, we walked along the track towards the beach and got lucky when a local had just located the Shrike and kindly waved us over. It proved quite mobile during our visit but spent the majority of its time among bramble bushes North of the sluice. We enjoyed watching it for an hour until the rain became heavier and we sought shelter in the car.

Red-backed Shrike

Looking down towards the hide and scrape

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