Shrike while hot


I have posted a handful of shots of the Northern Shrike in the last month (see, this, in particular). So, why more? This is a case of shrike while the iron is hot.

This peculiar bird is hunting around here briefly before heading north to breed. On previous occasions, I have seen it in Kokanee Creek Park in the grasslands adjacent to the Lake. Alas, on 8th April, the Park was closed (it’s a covid thing). The following day, a shrike appeared at my home. OK, I had to record the event. 

A Northern Shrike perched in a bush outside my bedroom window.

And soon flew off — seen here just entering the camera frame.


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5 Responses to Shrike while hot

  1. joanne says:

    Great photos and great luck too Alistair!

  2. M.L. Braun says:


  3. Pamella Wik says:

    A most obliging bird.

  4. Joanne says:

    Once saw a shrike kill a sparrow. He flew off with the dead bird. They will often impale their kill on a branch and return to eat later.

  5. Sarah says:

    Wow, that’s the best shot of a Shrike’s raptor-like bill I’ve ever seen

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