Great Grey Shrike at Lytham Moss

On 1st November 2014 Steve and Jan Beastall discovered a Great Grey Shrike on Lytham Moss whilst collecting dandelion leaves for their pet rabbits. The bird remained faithful to the area around Eastleigh Animal Sanctuary until 2nd February 2015.

The last long-staying Great Grey Shrikes on the Fylde occurred in 1998, when one visited Gretna, Blackpool on 5th January then Bispham Church 9th-29th January and 15th February and an adult male lingered at Marton Mere 1st March-18th April. There have been several records since then (Fleetwood Power Station 16th April 1999, Fluke Hall 16th October 2005, Rossall Point 30th September 2007, Fairhaven Dunes 8th October 2010 and Rossall School 16th October 2010), but none have lingered.

Photo by Paul Ellis.