Isabelline Shrike 20/10/13

Isabelline Shrike, Donna Nook 20/10/13

The last Isabelline on the Donna Nook reserve was 10 years ago (13/10/2003). It was present for one day only and believed to be of the race phoenicuroides (Turkestan Shrike). The general consensus on the latest individual points to the race isabellinus (Daurian Shrike), though 1st-winter shrikes of the Isabelline group aren't always straightforward to assign to race - no doubt more discussion to follow on the racial ID of this bird. Having seen the 2003 bird, I'm hoping this latest bird is confirmed as a Daurian!