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Good weekend for Gloucestershire birders.

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The weekend bird reports for Gloucestershire were very impressive.

Another Great Grey Shrike, this time at a traditional site in the forest of Dean, (the bird at Snowshill in the Cotswolds still resident as well).

Two Richard's pipits at WWT Slimbridge, and another at Frampton.

A Snow Bunting and a Yellow Browed Warbler at Sharpness

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I can never understand why Great Grey Shrikes overwinter in the Forest of Dean and other locations in the West country. Are they ones which have bred in this country or have they come here from the Continent for the winter?

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1 hour ago, JDog said:

I can never understand why Great Grey Shrikes overwinter in the Forest of Dean and other locations in the West country. Are they ones which have bred in this country or have they come here from the Continent for the winter?

These seem to be returning Scandinavian birds, and always back to the same areas.

A Red Backed Shrike was also sighted in June of this year at Shab Hill, on edge of  the Cotswold escarpment. 

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