Sunday, January 23, 2011


The growing redpoll flock in our yard has not gone unnoticed by a couple of Northern Shrikes. I have seen a few chases but no captures. This brown tones indicate that this is a first year bird.

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Last week, nature blogger Penelope in Northfield, Minnesota caught a few great action shots of a dapper adult (grey, black and white) Northern Shrike wrangling a vole.


  1. Great portrait! Always a fascinating bird and a thrill to see one.

  2. So interested to see your first-year shrike and your shrews -- and Jo Ann's barred owl! And envious of your many northern finches. Thanks for your kind comments. I will revisit North Shore Nature, I'm sure!