Sunday, 13 March 2011

Great Grey Shrike on Hutton Roof 13th March 2011

Walk to Hutton Roof Trig point via Slape Lane, Burton Fell, Lancelot Clark Storth and return via Dalton Crags, Dalton (hamlet) and back down Vicarage Lane. (1600hrs - 1815hours).

Had 12 Greenfinch above Vicarage Lane,
Three Flowering Lesser Celandine on Slape Lane, the first this year..
Gorse also starting to flower on Lancelot Clark Storth.
Two separate Song Thrush singing and sitting sentinel,
and the beautiful Great Grey Shrike

Witnessed GGS at 1715hrs. Looking from behind the Trig towards SSE follow the little footpath and when you get to the first incline immediately in front of you. It was on the largest of the hawthorn trees to the far right of this hill about 50ft in before the boundary wall. It was on the highest protruding branch to the left hand side. And it was seen here when I landed at Trig and still here on my depart.It was seen to leave the tree and swoop down on something towards the ground and then within seconds back to the same branch of the tree. Could not see it impaling or eating, so whether it missed the prey or not...