Butcher Bird in Town…

Great Grey Shrike on the Isle of May (also known as Butcher birds)

Great Grey Shrike on the Isle of May (also known as Butcher birds)

Showing well; as Great Grey Shrikes do!

Showing well; as Great Grey Shrikes do!

Caught and ringed (and it took a few chunks out of the hand!)

Caught and ringed (and it took a few chunks out of the hand!)

Would you mess? Eyes of a killer...

Would you mess? Eyes of a killer…

Funnel cloud over the Fife coast today

Funnel cloud over the Fife coast today

Sunday 18th October comments: This place has just got interesting… For the wintering Robins, Wrens and Dunnock’s and migrating Goldcrest’s and warblers, an uninvited guest arrived today; a Butcher bird!

Early morning a Great Grey Shrike arrived on the island, part of an east coast influx today and these birds are not known as ‘butcher birds’ for nothing. This skilled predator will hunt small passerines and like something from the grizzly medieval traitor’s gate in London, will skewer the bodies of its victims on to thorns to form a larder from which it will dine. The birds may be stunning to look at, but not if you’re a Goldcrest or Robin. They have been warned…

On a slightly different note, the weather continues to impress (it’s been a weird year for weather!) but interestingly a ‘funnel cloud’ formed over the island late afternoon; its never dull on the Isle of May…

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