November is the month…
Terry Townshend and MG:
The scoop? It’s the peak time of year: For what? For ‘Siberian’ Northern Shrike to reach (north) west Europe. The closest to me (MG) has reached western Norway and possibly the Netherlands. Oof!
There are key features laid out in the Challenge Series: WINTER. There is a beware :). The fresh birds can look quite brownish and are a bit more obvious. When fresh. However they wear! And at any kind of distance it would be easy for a ‘sibiricus’ to look rather greyish and generic and Great Grey Shrikes-ish and get passed off…
Thanks to our man in Beijing here’s a young ‘Siberian’ Northern Shrike photographed a couple of days ago.
All photos taken at Lingshan, Beijing’s highest mountain, about 110km west of Tiananmen Square at about 1,800m asl. by Terry Townshend.
Key features to check?
Plumage tones, head pattern, underparts plumage, wing details (love those!) and tail pattern. All visible thanks to Terry T.