Saturday, 14 January 2012

Great Grey Shrike - Wragg's Quarry

Nice to see the Shrike in sun-shine for a change, showed well this morning at the back of the quarry but remained distant.
Great Grey Shrike


  1. Another great photo. I didn't realise there were shrikes in Derbyshire!

  2. Thanks Laura, they are scarce winter visitors to the UK. There has been one each winter for the last few years on Beeley Moor but it is not always easy to find.

  3. Hi Andy - is it still around, and if so, how do we find Wragg's Quarry? Joan

  4. Hi Joan the Shrike was still present on 19 th March although it had moved to Hellbank Plantation. You would still be best to look first at Wraggs Quarry. The quarry is located at the northern end of Bent Lane which goes N from Darley Dale. Alternatively you can take the minor road from Rowsley off the Chatsworth Road turn right opposite the entrance to Peak Village.
    However snow is forecast for this weekend!
    Good luck.

  5. Surprising that these birds chase down robins and other small birds - they don't look up to it!

  6. Ahhh yes Andy we know from our own observation that they will chase birds up to Robin size but I wonder how many they catch. The bird in the photo was seen to catch a Blue Tit and I photographed a mouse it had put on its larder tree.


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