Thursday, 29 March 2012

Great Grey Shrike on Longridge Fell. Removing the sting from a bumblebee

March 25, 2012:
The bird has now been here for at least two weeks. It can be elusive though and is easily lost from sight amongst the tangled debris following tree felling. Recently the weather has been superb and bumblebees are now emerging. Today it could be seen removing the sting from one of these prior to eating it. At other times it would catch flies in mid-air off a favourite high perch.

Removing a sting

The debris-strewn area usually occupied by the bird. It can be seen as a minute speck in the centre of the middle distance horizon.

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