Translated from the Dutch ornithologists of SOVON, 8 September 2011:
2012, Year of the Shrikes
Do we really need that, as these species are already closely monitored? Yes, but with an additional effort there is still much to be won. Thus, the Red-backed Shrike is reconquering the Netherlands. Something which goes largely unnoticed because the species is difficult to spot. If observers will look at even more places in a focused way, they will be able to define and explain the recovery process better, and site managers will be able to get customized advice to help this ambassador of nature restoration. The same applies to the Great Grey Shrike, which has disappeared as a [Dutch] breeding bird but which is probably slightly increasing as a hibernating species. Is there a connection here with landscape management (grazing) or not?
December 2011: Dutch red-backed shrike update: here.