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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Wow, great sighting of the shrike! Wonderful photos, he was posing for you! They have been seeing one here in Maryland also.ReplyDelete
Nice!! I haven't spotted one this winter. Last winter I witnessed a fly through kill!ReplyDelete
Awesome shots, Hilke! Those are probably the BEST Noshrike shots I've ever seen. We have them here, but I have yet to see one, never mind get great pics. I'm envious!ReplyDelete
Super sighting to say the least! You really got some great shots. Thanks for including the interesting info about this cool bird. (I would be a very happy camper to see one!)ReplyDelete
Wonderful Hilke! - great sighting and photos.ReplyDelete
How wonderful! I have seen the Loggerhead several times but not the northern.ReplyDelete
Wow great sighting Hilke. It is nice to see a bird that we do not see so often! Nice also that he allowed for some pictures!ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting!
Oh wow you got GREAT photos of this bird! I love how pretty they are despite their "butcherbird" habits!ReplyDelete
Great shots Hilke. I have yet to see one. Boom & Gary.ReplyDelete
Wow! What a catch! Would love to be able to photograph one of these...ReplyDelete
Gorgeous bird. I've never heard of this bird before. Great images. CarolReplyDelete
nice spot! Glad he let you get some photos! I haven't had any luck photographing shrikes yet..they always flush when I'm so far away. Love this little guy!ReplyDelete
Excellent find and images Hilke. Known as Great Grey Shrike over here and is a scarce winter visitor .. I still have this one to find for my January list!ReplyDelete
Wonderful! I've never seen one of these.ReplyDelete
Thank you all for your comments! Pure luck! Taught me to always be prepared, because I had left my camera in the car, not expecting to see any birds since it was sooo cold and quiet.ReplyDelete