Audiences watching the new play, aptly named The Butcher Bird
, will discover from formerly classified events how a top-secret German plane became part of Welsh history.
The shrike, which feeds mainly on mice and other small mammals and birds in open forest areas, earned its alternative name as the butcher bird
because of its eating habits.
The Great Grey Shrike or Butcher Bird
is a very rare visitor to Britain -but this winter three have set up shop in the Clocaenog forest
My earliest memory of having mirror-touch is standing in my parents' garden in South Africa, aged six, watching butcher birds
hang mice on the wire fence.
I will check the massive ant 'cities' that Tim so admires; I will lament still more trees that have died or are dying in the drought; I will see geckoes and skinks, wolf spiders and redbacks; I might see a black-headed monitor or a bobtail; I will see red-capped robins, thornbills, weebills, silver-eyes, butcher birds
, magpies, twenty-eight parrots, crows, maybe pink and grey galahs, certainly willy wagtails, flyeaters, honeyeaters, and golden whistlers.
A chorus of kookaburras, butcher birds
and blue-faced honeyeaters awoke us ahead of our trip to see one of the world's top rock art areas.
Now we raise and butcher birds
with one other trusted friend --whom I know will show up.