9th July 2013

Late update: a Minke Whale showed beautifully north of the Brigg before dusk, and a Little Egret came in off the sea.

Red-backed Shrike (c Ian Robinson)

Red-backed Shrike (c Ian Robinson)

A male Red-backed Shrike unexpectedly materialised at the Tip this afternoon, hunting in the area around the owl box (J&TGD et al). Please do not enter the field, which is protected for breeding birds and other wildlife. A Greenshank dropped in to the Tip pond a little later.

Red-backed Shrike, 9th July (Mark Pearson)

Red-backed Shrike, 9th July (Mark Pearson)

Before the shrike, there was little of note to report over previous days in the grip of a hot and sunny high pressure system, although wildfowl, Manxies and odd skuas continue to move at sea.