This grey shrike has been in Finland since the end of October, and is very interesting. Graham Walbridge and I have been discussing it and we both think it is likely to be sibiricus/borealis!? ‘The bird is clearly a 1st-winter and not of one of the western forms. Interesting that its facial/head pattern is very similar to palllidirostris, which the bird clearly isn`t. The brown-toned uppers and scaly underparts look really good for sibiricus and it does look like a brute of a bird, particularly the bill, but I cannot recall the facial pattern of 1st-winters’.
Any comments? Andrea?