We were soon joined by Alan Hughes and shortly after by a lady birder from our neighbours in Gwent,Siskins and Redpolls came and went and Tim left at 10.00am as planned to get home to meet friends.
Martin also disappeared to look for the elusive male Hen Harrier that had also been seen in the area (Martin had already seen the shrike not long after it was discovered) and the early sunshine also disappeared for a slight breeze to get up and a chill was felt by all.
Kevin who was on call with his work over the weekend received the dreaded phonecall and had to leave hoping to return later.
Our little gathering was further supplemented by the arrival of Paul and Diana Bowden with Mark Duttfield,it was beginning to feel like one of our GBC field trips!!
We were all starting to feel the cold and a great sense of frustration when at 11.15 after almost a 3 hour wait both myself and Alan spotted the shrike fly from behind us to the top of a nearby tree to our left,we raised the alarm and soon all the group were all enjoying splendid views as the shrike dropped and flitted from tree to tree.