Shrikes Laniidae (5)
(Banner Photos: Red-backed Shrike by Mark Carmody)
Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus
2007 Three Castles, Mizen Head, adult, 19th to 21st October, L. i.
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
104 county records involving 108 birds up to the end of 2013 since first recorded at Fastnet Rock on the 26th October 1910.
Birds have been seen at the following locations: Ballycotton, Ballydonegan, Baltimore, Barleycove, Cape Clear Island, Crookhaven. Dursey Island, Fastnet, Firkeel, Galley Head, Garinish (West Beara),. Knockadoon Head, Lissagriffin, Long Strand, Mizen Head, Old Head of Kinsale, Three Castles Head.
The most records were of single birds and the highest count was four on Cape Clear between the 21st and 25th August 1976. Where age was give most were immature birds.
Apart from eight records in May all birds were seen between August and November with most records in September and October.
Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to much of Europe, which accounts for less than half of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
2005 Cape Clear Island, first-year, 18th September.
Distribution: a widespread but patchily distributed summer visitor to much of southern and eastern Europe, which constitutes >50% of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor excubitor
There are four county records. Only one after the 19th century up to the end of 2013.
1991 near Courtmacsharry, one on the 28th October.
Distribution: a widespread breeder across much of Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Birds have been seen at the following locations: Ballymacrown (near
Baltimore), between Trallispeen and Tragumna (south of Skibbereen),
Cape Clear Island, Castlemartyr, Courtmacsherry, Firkeel, Galley Head,
Knockadoon Head, Knockadoon Head, Mizen Head,
Of those records where age was given most were adults.
All birds were seen berween March and October with May being the best month.
Many stayed more than a day and a few over a week.
Balearic Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator badius
Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to much of southern and
central Europe, which constitutes >50% of its global breeding range.