A little pretty bird which is a very rare guest in Denmark has stayed by a lake close to the city of Århus since the 4th of november. It's the second time it has visited Denmark and the fifth time it has been noticed in Europe. It's the brown shrike. (Lanius cristatus). The brown shrike is closely related to the red-backed shrike and the Isabella shrike, and like them it has a "bandit mask" through the eye. It breeds in the northern Asia from Mongolia to Siberia and overwinters in southern parts of Asia.
Lots of birdwatchers have come from far and away since the 4th of November, from all Denmark, but also from Sweden, Norway and Germany. This little bird has been stared at and photographed more than crownprincess Mary. The rare little guest has now been there for almost a month, but the winter cold has come, and there is no guarantee that it will survive.
photo 24 November 2012: stig bachmann nielsen, naturplan.dk & grethe bachmann