Although from a distance the bird looks innocuous, it can turn into a fierce predator once it spots a small bird or mammal. Not undeservedly is it also known as Butcherbird
as it pins his prey on a thorn or barbed wire or wedges it between forked branches of a thicket for a leisurely meal, pulling it apart starting at the head.
The Northern Shrike is at home in the tundra and taiga regions of the northern Canada, occasionally moving south in the winter to southern Canada and adjacent North America, which means it's really uncommon here. Although one or two are usually reported every winter, the last time I saw one was three years ago. So this was a happy morning for me.
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