Shrike just Struck

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

This Shrike just hit the window. He was stunned for a little bit, but he was able to fly off. A couple of Chickadees followed him into the woods, scolding all the way. This bird is a good example of the barring on the breast of the Northern Shrike. That is a good field mark when trying to distinguish the Northern from the Loggerhead Shrike. I think the strong barring also indicates a young bird, evidently one that’s not familiar with windows – until today.

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