Friday, December 17, 2010

Northern Shrike drops by

A Northern Shrike visited our backyard feeder this week. It sat on one of our feeding stumps for about five minutes and watched the agitated mob of Black-capped Chickadees and Pine Grosbeaks in the branches overhead.

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Somewhat related is David Sibely's excellent, systematic analysis of the identification of a shrike that recently appeared in Long Island, New York. If you think differentiating Loggerhead Shrike from Northern Shrike is simple and straight forward, you might want to think again. You'll find the article here.

1 comment:

  1. Finally saw a Shrike today for the winter.
    I had one in my yard once, here in town (Wallaceburg), which was highly unsual. It was during a CBC!