Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike (Karl Egressy)

We had a shrike sitting on top of our corkscrew hazel this morning. Not sure which one.  At first, we thought it was a Gray Jay but it had a definite black stripe through  the eye. I was amazed as I’ve never seen one before and I’ve lived here for over 30 years. At lunchtime, we had a hawk fly throughthe yard checking out the feeders. I didn’t get a good look but think it may have been a Cooper’s Hawk. At the feeders, we have lots of juncos, chickadees, goldfinches, doves and a few House Finches. (N.B. Given the time of year and location, it was almost certainly a Northern Shrike. Loggerhead Shrikes are extremely rare – less than 20 pairs in the whole province – and are migratory. D.M.)

Anne Corke, Cathcart Crescent, Cavan-Monaghan

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.