Bird #102 — Northern Shrike

lanius (butcher) excubitor (sentinel)

Saturday, February 2, 1980 — 12:30 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

This was a typical Chicago winter day, with snow on the ground, clear blue skies and a cold wind. The Northern Shrike was perched in the top of a tall tree on the prairie trail between the marsh and the prairie.  I got fairly close and could see all the field marks (including the light lower mandible and the barring on the breast) before the shrike flew to the top of another tree further away.  When it flew, it dropped down off its perch, flew just above the ground and rose up again just before arriving at the next perch.

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