Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Northern Shrike

On 1 March 2021 at the Nisqually national wildlife refuge, Erika pointed out a bird on a treetop snag at the edge of the marsh. I had no idea what the bird was. “How about a Northern Shrike?” asked Erika. “Too small,” I replied, “and the bill is not large enough.” The bird looked more like a strange, tree-top-inhabiting sparrow. While I took photos, the bird flew lower into the nearby forest-edge, and disappeared. I captured the bird’s takeoff. Back home, I ran the image through my image processing software. Erika is correct—undoubtedly a Northern Shrike!

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