Birmingham birders are celebrating after a rare bird was spotted in our patch for the first time in 30 years.
Twitchers were stunned to discover a red-backed shrike at Ladywalk Nature Reserve, North Warwickshire - just ten miles from the city centre.
The striking bird was first spotted on tree stumps at the reserve on June 5, causing feathers to flap and sparking a flood of tweets among ornithologists.
David Hutton posted on the West Midlands Bird Club site: “Red-backed shrike at Ladywalk! Distant, but who’s complaining. First for 30 years in the county.”
“Archie’s British Birding Blog” recorded: “At lunchtime this afternoon a stunning adult male red-backed shrike was discovered at Ladywalk Nature Reserve.