Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Woodchat Shrike
Photograph © Martin Scott
Port of Ness - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
6th May, 2011
"Tony Marr (BAE Marr in birding circles) found a cracking Woodchat Shrike in Port of Ness today. A real showy bird that performed well this evening to locals and visitors alike. Just the fourth record for the Outer Hebrides and the first for Lewis ..."
Some video of the shrike with its swinging tail is on You Tube via the following link:
Our Shrike Photographs
- Woodchat Shrike
- Lanius senator
- WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
Shrikes are insect eaters, but they also eat small birds and mammals, so they have chunky pointed beaks.
One of the folk names for the Shrike in general is the 'Butcher Bird', (Lanius means butcher) they store their catch by impaling it on the thorns of bushes and trees like the Hawthorn, making larders.
Woodchat Shrike records in the Western Isles
Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
The chart below shows how abundant the Woodchat Shrike is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Other local bird photographs
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