On the Friday of the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 15, I was fascinated to witness around noon, a Northern Shrike chase a common house sparrow right into the window I was observing from! The Northern Shrike then dropped to the veranda holding the sparrow down with its claws. It then started to peck away and feast on it! After about 1 minute of this, the shrike then flew away carrying the sparrow with it in its claws! This is the 4th winter I have had a Northern Shrike hang around my backyard, but the first time I have witnessed an actual catch! Sincerely, Jackie Tokarz Ennismore

Location: Ennismore
Observer: Jackie Tokarz

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.