The only Masked Shrike that I have ever seen, before entering Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City and seeing at least five birds, was that one day individual, 2/11/04, back home on Scilly when there was also 2 Desert Wheatear, Blyth's Reed Warbler, OBP, Rustic Bunting, Richard's Pipit and other scarcities on that amazing day!!
Folks doin what folks always do in parks in leather jackets!
Male Masked Shrike
After walking through a tunnel under the main road, it opened up to a larger park than the one we left behind. Cafies, restaurants, hairdressers, laundrette, fruit and veg man, you name it, it was here. We weren't interested in any of them, especially the hairdressers in my case although Mush could of done with a trim. To cut a long story short, the birds in the park kept us awake for the next five hours and we only planned to be in there for maybe an hour. It was a big park don't you know and Mush kept on pulling me away from the sweet shop! In total we saw 5+Masked, 2 Turkestan, 3 Daurian and a single Steppe Shrike. 2 Barred Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Bluethroat. It was the shrikes that kept us entainted and every species we observed showed at very close range. I guess they've got used to all the folks doin press-ups in their leather jackets in the park. The real problem was that, every time we tried to leave the park, we would stumble onto somethin else and that's the way it continued.
Masked Shrike No 1
Well I've only seen a single Masked Shrike before back home on Scilly
Turkestan Shrike trying to cool off before flying away with a Vagrant Emperor
3 Daurian Shrike
In a grass circle, by 30 meters wide, we observed single Masked, Daurian, Turkestan and this Steppe Grey Shrike with Al Hamra Tower
This Barred Warbler popped up next to one of the Masked Shrike in the same tree
While this Barred warbler was on the opposite end of the park from the other individual and is the first time I've seen one that's not on Scilly
We had up to 4 Bluethroat in the park
And there were a handful of White Wagtail knocking around
We managed to see 3 male Grey Hypocolius before they went to roost on the island
'Eastern' Whitethroat icterops
Male Ruppell's Weaver
I can't remember the name of this moth but i've seen them on rare occasions on Scilly. There was a eruption and they were all over the shop on the island
Grey Hypocolius going to roost with Al Hamra tower in the background
Sunset over Kuwait City to end another cracking day!