|Northern Shrike in the yard!|
After getting a couple usable photos I decided my bare fingers had suffered enough punishment in the sub-zero temps, so I headed inside. Later on as I looked out my kitchen window, I saw a bird fly into my cedars. I was looking west toward the setting sun, and the bird was deep in the cedars so I couldn't tell what it was. But it was thrashing around like crazy. Could it be? Was this the shrike working on a stashed kill? I've read that they impale their prey on sharp stick only to return later to feed on it. I used the zoom on my camera to see if I could get a clue as to what was going on.
|Is it the Northern Shrike?|
Now I was excited. I raced out to this spot and slogged my way through over a foot of snow to check out what the shrike was working on. Meanwhile the shrike did not fly very far away. After a little bit of searching I found what I was looking for - an impaled House Sparrow!
|The Northern Shrike's dinner - an impaled House Sparrow|
Josh Wallestad writes about his birding adventures with his seven-year-old son at A Boy Who Cried Heron and has a website dedicated to helping birders find birds called Birding Across America.