When I started birdwatching a few years ago, I never thought I would learn to differentiate the sounds of various birds, but these days, it is the cry of a bird I’ve never heard before that calls my attention when I ride by, as opposed to spotting the bird by sight first.


I love discovering new species (new to me, that is) and on one of our most recent rides, we stumbled upon some three yellow-billed shrikes – a first-timer for me.


The yellow-billed shrike [corvinella corvina] is a noisy bird (good thing or I wouldn’t have spotted it!) that feeds on insects. It has a wide range and can be seen from Senegal all the way to Uganda. For me, it was a first sighting, but I definitively hope it will not be the last!

For more birds around the world,
visit World Bird Wednesday!