Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Feb 5, 2013: Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike. 2/3/13 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

The Northern Shrike is another Winter visitor and can be found perched at the top of trees or shrubs. It captures prey up to the size of small birds and mammals. Many times it will impale victims on thorns, barbed wire, or other sharp object and then dismembers them. It is slightly larger than its cousin, the Loggerhead Shrike, which can be found here Spring through Fall, although less commonly so (due to habitat loss).

The Northern Shrike has been present at the north and middle wetland complexes.

Wolf. Oesterreich

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