Great Grey Shrike

A new species for Westfield parish – Great Grey Shrike!  This bird was first found a few days ago in the Brede valley, just outside the parish boundary where it seemed to have set up its territory in a line of bushes on the north side of the river Brede. Then yesterday [30 Jan 2015] I was lucky enough to refind it there, and to also watch it fly high over the river to the south side of the Brede and into Westfield parish where it perched on the top of a tall tree .

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The first two photos show the Great Grey Shrike on the north side of the river Brede (viewed from the south side), and the third photo below shows the shrike after it had flown into the parish of Westfield. It is thought this is probably the same bird that was seen in the Brede valley for just a few days last winter, though, as far as we know, it was only ever seen just outside the parish boundary back then.  The species has now been added to the list of birds seen in Westfield parish.


This is a predatory species from northern continental Europe that spends the winter in Britain in very small numbers, most often on heathland such as Ashdown Forest. It feeds mainly on small birds and small mammals.


Way back in late 70’s or early 80’s  a Great Grey Shrike was found by myself and Mick Erends on the Udimore side of the Brede levels.


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  1. Lorraine Ashley

     /  January 31, 2015

    So exciting, will keep an eye out as am at the field by forgecstream most days

  2. mick erends

     /  February 1, 2015

    Hi Dave..just looked up my notes and we saw the Great Grey Shrike all them years ago below Udimore on 13/2/77 , I can still remember our excitement at the time!!
    all best and compliments on your wonderful website
    Mick Erends


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