A Rare Bird
Question: which breeding birds are regarded as the rarest in Britain? Answer: red backed shrikes. They are just about as rare as they can be as it is believed there is just one breeding pair in the UK. The birds are nesting in the Shetlands and according to the RSPB, who have kept the exact location of the nest secret, they have successfully reared four chicks this year. Could this be the start of the return of the shrike, a bird which is normally found in Europe and Asia and has not been a breeding species in the UK since the 1990s? Shrikes! Let’s hope so.