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Northern Shrike

Lanius excubitor

Description:

More barred and brownish than the adult Northern Shrike. Already has the black eye line and hooked beak but doesn't have the fresh striking plumage of the adult.

Habitat:

Foraging from small trees along the roadway down onto the grass beside the cranberry fields. Was eating the insects itself rather than taking them to a larder. This area is a polder, meaning it was reclaimed from the wetlands and flooding around it years ago and is now mainly agricultural. The nearby wetlands support a herring rookery and a few pairs of nesting Sandhill Cranes in the summer.

Notes:

This immature Northern Shrike was feeding exclusively on insects this time. Not taking anything to a larder. This species just makes it onto The Breeding Birds of BC list as its breeding range just dips into northern BC from the Yukon and Alaska.

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1 Comment

Thanks! Yes and I have watched them taking small rodents and impaling them on a barbed wire fence for future needs. Very cool!

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 4 years ago

A very cool bird to see!

KathleenMcEachern
Spotted by
KathleenMcEachern

British Columbia, Canada

Lat: 49.33, Long: -122.64

Spotted on Jan 12, 2015
Submitted on Jan 13, 2015

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