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
- Seen to have light barring to the underparts in the field which rules out SGS
- Lores not that pale
- Bill not overly heavy
- Its not as pale as it appeared on that 1st photo
- Fully white outer tail feather
- No white on the secondaries, combined with a deep primary patch
- Quite a lot of grey in the flight feathers
- P2/9 - ie 2nd out ermost appears to be quite long - 4/5 not 6/7
Primary projection sort of intermediate. Any thoughts - Eastern bird?