Another beautiful day to be out and about. I headed back out to the Brunswick Point area again this afternoon. The cormorants and some sea ducks were in the vicinity of the pilings, but I continued along the trail. There is still a handful of Snowy Owls around, but once again I did not see any Short-eared Owls. Then a bird flew by that got my attention as it was one I had not had much luck with getting photos of yet this winter.
The Northern Shrike is a predatory song bird that can usually be seen in this area every winter. They can be challenging to get photos of as they move between the tree tops looking for food.
Fortunately there was one small stand of trees this Northern Shrike stuck to for awhile. It would perch high and then dive down to the ground and catch insects. They will also eat small birds and mammals. Not having talons like other predators, they will use their strong bill to dispatch prey.
They also have the habit of impaling prey on sharp branches or thorns, sometimes caching them for later. This earned the Northern Shrike the nickname “Butcher Bird”.