Saturday, 10 March 2012

10th March 2012 Birling Seawatch 7am-8am WSW1 Overcast & Glynde

Red-throated Diver 2E
Great Crested Grebe 1W, 3 on sea
Heron 1W
Gannet 3E, 3W
Brent 115E including a milky-tea coloured leucistic individual with plumage ghosting that of a Brent
Razorbill 2 on sea
Curlew 1W
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 ad. intermedius
Pied Wagtail 1W, 1
Stonechat 2 males
Long-tailed Tit 2

Male Pied Wagtail at Birling
Skylark at Belle Tout
Jackdaw at Birling

Great Grey Shrike 1 adult ex.

Adult Great Grey Shrike at Glynde

RJF drew attention to his images of this Shrike, albeit when wet, showing features associated with homeyeri on his blog at
Today, prolonged views revealed that on the closed wing whilst the primary-base patch is obvious there is only a very narrow secondary patch barely visible in this image. The rump and uppertail coverts also appeared concolorous with the upperparts. Both features are more consistent with excubitor than homeyeri.

Furthermore, a primitive form of video grabbing reveals the typical excubitor wing pattern complete with obvious step between the fairly small narrow primary patch and very restricted narrow secondary patch.