Seen as there was a lot of fuss on the Irish bird lines about a Great Grey Shrike I decided I had to see him. It had been a while since a bird like this had arrived in Ireland. So with a 3-4 Hour drive ahead of me I set out at 05:30 in the morning. Getting to the spot a little ahead of schedule. I was delighted to see the bird was very active but it was distant as you can see from the snaps I got. But still a lifer for my list. After that I headed for Oxford Island Nature Reserve for another bird I hadn`t seen; a Ruddy Duck. There was 4 in all, hiding in the reed bed of course. So it was a waiting game for 2 hours before one decided to come out. It was worth waiting for. I love these birds, also seen at OINR were great numbers of Pochard, Tufted Duck and little grebes. But the amount of Great Crested Grebes was fantastic; all displaying and in their breeding colours. Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were in fine song in the Willows and trees around the lake and a Grey Squirrel made an appearance as I was leaving. So another great day had.