|Northern Shrike - Durand, Wisconsin|
While Northern Shrikes are "regular" winter visitors in Pepin County, Wisconsin, I am always surprised to see one. This winter I've spotted shrikes several times in a half-dozen places - including at my bird feeders. I spotted this one today around noon on State Road 85 across from the Tappe farm (fire sign W5332).
It was sitting on a wire along a busy road - not a great place to hunt small bird prey and rodents (the ground is covered with a crust of ice).
We pulled off the road and watched, hoping to see this bird make a move - get a meal, hover, or cast a pellet.
It was not meant to be. After only a few minutes, the bird took off and headed towards the subdivision to the east. We did not follow.
While I "know" this bird is a Northern Shrike, I can't seem to remember the differences between the Northern and Loggerhead Shrikes. I see so few of them that I always have to check my field guide.
Take a look at the two shrikes:
|Loggerhead Shrike (l) and Northern Shrike (r)|
|Northern Mockingbird © HvHughes|