They were a yellow-browed warbler from Siberia' a white-rumped sandpiper from North America' a cattle egretfrom southern Europe and a red-backed shrike
A Blue Peter ornithology handbook is a must-have if you don't know your blacknecked grebe from your red-backed shrike
. Forget Alton Towers - the kids will have hours of fun over the Easter holidays on impromptu bird flu hunts.
The red-backed shrike
is arguably the rarest bird that breeds in the UK--it is down to fewer than ten breeding pairs.
BirdLife also pointed out that out of the 453 or so species of bird regularly found in Europe, around one-third were reliant on sustainable farming for their future survival, with those at most immediate risk including the corncrake, the red-backed shrike
and the great bustard.
Owen (1948) observed a male red-backed shrike
(Lanius collurio) in the process of nest-building pick up a piece of wool, shake it and hang it in a hawthorn.
| Elsewhere, a smart male Red-backed Shrike
was found close to the Great Orme copper mine on Monday, the warmer weather bringing out the larger insects on which it depends.
Below the Red-backed Shrike
is a Redstart, a relative of the thrushes, and resplendent in rufous below with a gray nape and back and black face and throat.
Twitchers were stunned to discover a red-backed shrike
at Ladywalk Nature Reserve, North Warwickshire - just ten miles from the city centre.
Stable or increasing populations of Tetrao tetrix, Caprimulgus europaeus, Coracias garrulus, Lullula arborea, Anthus campestris and red-backed shrike
(Lanius collurio) breeding and/or foraging in habitat 2320, and of Tetrao tetrix, Grus grus, Tringa glareola and Caprimulgus europaeus in the bog habitat;
The final surprise of the weekend came on Saturday with a red-backed shrike
at RSPB Conwy, the second in three years at the reserve.
SINV antibodies were first found in 3 birds (red-backed shrike
, robin, song thrush) during their spring migration to northern Europe.
According to the report, intensification of agriculture, driven in part by the increased use of nutrients, has already pushed one bird, the red-backed shrike
, to extinction in the UK.