Interesting Great Grey Shrike - Kent UK
A couple of days ago, this photo of a Great Grey Shrike came through my twitter feed.
It looked pale and the primary patch looked deep. Out of curiosity, I asked if there was a photo of the open wing, to see if the patch was also short.
I didn't know where the bird was, or even who the photographer was and failed to locate it again. about 10 hours later I was sent this
Which certainly confirmed that there was no white on the secondaries. (I've noticed that GGS with a lot of white in the primaries usually also have it on the secondary bases)
So after asking a few questions, I found out its the bird currently in Kent. There are some excellent photos of it and its an interesting bird.
Contra Steppe GS
Primary projection sort of intermediate. Any thoughts - Eastern bird?
There is of course a lot of variation in GGS
This is a typical bird - shorter 2nd outermost primary, white into the secondaries
as is this
This one has no white on the secondaries, but the pp patch is narrow and p2 is short
then this bird is very like hte Kent bird
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