|Northern shrike at Slaughterhouse Road near Wellsboro.|
But if the juncos and white-throated sparrows foraging in the underbrush only knew the truth of who was watching, that would not be the case. A winged creature with the body of a songbird and the beak of a falcon surveys the roadside thicket from atop a tall snag.
|Same northern shrike at Slaughterhouse Road near Wellsboro.|
|Northern shrike in southern New York.|
|Same northern shrike in southern New York.|
I wish I could say that northern shrikes follow a pattern, returning to the same wintering spot year after year. But the truth is that you're very fortunate to find one in the eastern United States in winter. However, if you're regular about keeping an eye out for them when passing shrubby habitat, there's a good chance you'll happen upon one.
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