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Shrikes Laniidae (5)

(Banner Photos: Red-backed Shrike by Mark Carmody)

Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus
Rare vagrant.
Two county records up to the end of 2013.

2007 Three Castles, Mizen Head, adult, 19th to 21st October, L. i. isabellinus.
2006 Old Head of Kinsale, first-year, 17th to 20th October. First county and second Irish record.

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Very scarce passage migrant, mostly in autumn, rare in spring.

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
Rare vagrant.
Two county records up to the end of 2013.

2005 Cape Clear Island, first-year, 18th September.
1985 Ballycotton, juvenile, 6th September. This is the first Irish Record.

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
Rare vagrant.

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.
19th Century (no date) Near Cork, one obtained/shot. (Thompson I:112)
19th Century (no date) Carrigaline, one obtained/shot. (Thompson I:112)
19th Century (no date) Near Carrigaline, one obtained/shot. (Thompson I:112)
Morris's British Birds 1891 lists Cork at a county that had recorded this species.

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
Rare migrant.
41 birds have been recorded in the county up to the end of 2013.

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,
Old Head of Kinsale, Rosscarbery, Sherkin Island, Three Castles 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
2002 Mizen Head, adult, 3rd to 5th June. 1st Irish record.

Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to much of southern and central Europe, which constitutes >50% of its global breeding range. (Birdlife International)