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Great Grey Shrike

One or two birds turn up on the heaths in most winters

Photograph by: 
Ian Ballam

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Common Name Great Grey Shrike
Scientific Name Lanius excubitor
Species Group Other larger land birds
Status Rare
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A plump grey bird sat on an exposed tree branch around heathland

Identification Notes
  • Although the 'great' grey shrike it is only about the size of a blackbird
  • Nearly always found on heaths in winter here in Dorset
  • The black band on a grey background is really unmistakable 
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Other larger land birds