Just to inform all you that a fine male singing every day and lingering perfectly its here in Siracusa since 4th October and is gonna winter for sure here .... it is a Desert G Shrike so of the North African group showing all the characters for a perfect algeriensis (whatever we wish to consider this ssp.) ... since there are now 2 extensive paper dealing with genetic of GGS complex that agree this group its fully separated from Iberian Lanius meridionalis and also from pallidirostris
(see for ex. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10557903 by Urban Olsson, Per Alstrom adn Lars Svensson --
I think few European birders therefore have this taxon in their European list, so I invite anybody who wish to come and see the bird...I'll be happy to show it to you .... all in all Siracusa and SE Sicily deserve a visit ... in December and January usually you might see Richard's pipit (several), Great Black -headed Gull, thousands fuscus complex gulls, thousands gulls in general of all sorts, Lanner, Saker, shearwaters, and much much more....