Shrikes are the only birds that are still present in reasonable numbers with all being Turkestan Shrike and Durian Shrikes with up to ten Turkestan Shrikes being seen daily. One very grey hybrid ‘karelini’ type shrike (Turkestan x red-backed) was seen on two days and a detailed account of this bird will be posted later. Turkestan Shrikes still outnumber Daurian Shrikes by about two to one. The Black-winged Kite is still present hunting mainly over the pray fields and perching in its favourite trees next to the pond. This bird has now been present for three weeks at the same site. Raptor numbers have been very poor this year compared to last year with the only one seen this week, excluding the Black-winged Kite, being a female Common Kestrel.
|Turkestan Shrike x Red-backed Shrike hybrid 'karelini' (male)|
|European Turtle Dove|