Grey Start into the New Year

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Unlike yesterday it was very foggy and so I had no chance testing my new digiscoping adapter. Instead I checked out a new circuit walk, that is going around the two quarries near the small village Ludwag.

 

The birding was mainly average, the highlights were a Great Grey Shrike, which also was my main target species, two male Bullfinches, a calling Crested Tit and Common Raven. In sum some good species for the new yearlist. It really was astonishing how close I came to the shrike, normally these are rather shy and pictures are rather looking like that on the left hand side than the other one below.

 

I think the circuit walk is even better in spring, because the varied countryside definitely looks perfect for Tree Pipit and similar species. We´ll see, maybe I´ll come back to the site in a few months.

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