11 May 2022

Plenty of Shrikes - Jubail

In early May in the Jubail area we saw many shrikes in a relatively small area. We started seeing shrikes as soon as we got to the location and by the end of the day we had seen six different species (Red-backed Shrike, Turkestan Shrike, Daurian Shrike, Masked Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike and Woodchat Shrike) with some birds relatively easy to get close to, suggesting they may be freshly arrived migrants. We saw about thirty Red-backed Shrike, five Turkestan Shrike, ten Daurian Shrike, one Masked Shrike and three Woodchat and three Lesser Grey Shrikes. Lesser Grey Shrike, is a species I do not see very often, and one I have struggled to get good photos of over the years so my efforts below were quite good for me regarding this species. I always enjoy seeing shrikes (except when they are in a mist net as they are ferocious on the hands) as they have great characters and beautiful plumage. I did not try to hard to photograph other species of shrike as the weather was very overcast, windy and dusty,