Clocaenog is a big pine forest and good for crossbills, but many come for the wintering Great Grey Shrike that has been returning over the last few years there. Its amazing the difference in the wind speed when you add 100ft or so to your height. I reached the area where the shrike is usually viewed for about 45 minutes without any luck. I met a couple of local birdwatchers up there to which they kindly told me about another area (that forks off a little further down the track) that is usually also good for the star bird. So we took a walk down, let and behold, we had arrived just in time to see the bird perched on a pine tree.
|Great Grey Shrike|
Whilst on the way up and back down, there was a good presence of Crossbills (possibly saw 20+ overall). Here's just a couple of images: