Guardian Nature School Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Northern Shrike

Lanius excubitor


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.


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.


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.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


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

JoshuaGSmith 5 years ago

A very cool bird to see!

Spotted by

British Columbia, Canada

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

Related Spottings

Loggerhead Shrike Brown Shrike Loggerhead Shrike Lanius schach 棕背伯勞

Nearby Spottings

Bald Eagle - 3rd Year Western painted turtle Black-capped Chickadee Golden-crowned Kinglet
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors