RED-BACKED SHRIKE

Lanius collurio - Post 1940 - c.10

 

Dan White

 

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2020

A 1st winter was found at the junction of the Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane, Marshfield at ST: 784 752 on September 5th and remained in the area until the 9th.

 

2017
A summer male was found on Vinney Lane, Horton on May 29th at ST: 744 857 where it remained until around 19:30.
 

2013
There was an unconfirmed report of one on Littleton Warth late morning on the 25th July. On the same day a second observer posted a message to the same effect which was later posted by the RBA pager service at 08:35 on July 26th.
 

2003
On August 30th a 1st winter was found about one kilometre south of Severn Beach.
 

1988
On June 16th a male was seen briefly in a garden at Frampton Cotterell.
 

1944
A breeding pair were watched and presumably summered at Patchway.
 

1943
On June 11th two were observed near Stoke Gifford, a breeding pair that presumably summered; Two were present on at least July 4th at Patchway. A breeding pair that presumably summered. As the use of feathers as nesting material by this species is considered to be most exceptional, the nest of one of these pairs was of particular interest in that feathers were loosely woven in all round the rim, giving it an unusually large and untidy appearance. A detailed examination of the nest after the young had flown showed that not only were feathers present in considerable numbers throughout but that they formed the greater part of the material used. A ready supply in poultry runs on a nearby building estate was, no doubt, the reason for the birds using feathers so extensively (cf. British Birds, Volume: XXXVII, pp. 114 and 155); A male was found at Haw Wood, Cribbs Causeway on Spaniorum Hill sometime on June 20th.
 

1940
Sometime in the spring and summer a pair nested and reared young on a small piece of waste ground immediately adjoining Yate railway station and only a few yards from the local cinema.

 

1939 - 1875

No records found between these years!
 

1874
Listed as frequent in the Hallen area in 1874. Bristol Naturalists Society - Volume 1: 1874 -75 - 76.