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Girl spots rare steppe grey shrike on Scottish mainland

Steppe Grey Shrike [Pic: Mark Sullivan]
Image caption The steppe grey shrike was spotted at the Loch of Strathbeg RSPB reserve

A steppe grey shrike has been spotted in mainland Scotland for what is believed to be the first time.

Eight-year-old schoolgirl Xanthe Funnell saw the bird at the Loch of Strathbeg RSPB reserve near Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

RSPB Scotland said it was possible the bird had been blown on strong winds from somewhere south of Kazakhstan.

The steppe grey shrike is most commonly found in southern Europe and north Africa.

Xanthe - whose father Dominic is the reserve's manager - said she was excited by the find.

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