A very rare bird is bringing visitors to the Coast.

A Brown Shrike has been seen for the past week or so in the Alder Creek area. This bird breeds in central and eastern Asia. Less than a handful has ever been seen in California - a very rare visitor indeed.

It's not easy to photograph the bird, and long lenses are needed. The first photo is by Jeff Petit. And the second was taken by Rich Trissel through his spotting scope.

Brown Shrike at Alder Creek by Jeff Petit Brown Shrike by Rich Trissel

Birders from afar have come to add this bird to their life list.

Thanks to Jeff and Rich for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

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