Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Northern Shrike

Before the shrike.



Three views of the shrike.

After the shrike.

Birding at my bird feeder tree is over because of this robin-sized predator. Everyone has disappeared. The snow is unbroken now. No silly squirrels, no chattering chickadees, not even a sad mourning dove or brassy woodpecker, redpoll or blue jay. They know how bad this little bird is. He appeared on Monday. See my Northern Shrike post for more information.

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33 comments:

  1. Yep, happens here too. The little ones just vanish. Great shots by the way. Have a great WW. :)

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  2. Great shots and very interesting too.
    --JB

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  3. Lovely shots - I can never get my bird shots right.

    Many thanks for your advice re: my cat, Leo, and his psycho moods. Leo already spends much of his time outdoors, but the weather has been pretty unpleasant lately - lots of rain - so he's been hanging around the house a lot more. Also, he has an ongoing feud with a neighbor's ginger tom, which has recently flared up again. I think he may be transferring a lot of his aggression towards that cat to members of his household. He always seems to have a flare-up of aggression when the feud kicks off again.

    In between these attacks, he can be very sweet. When he launches an attack, there's no growling or spitting - he simply sinks his teeth and claws in and refuses to let go. I think he has a very mischievous streak, which borders on malice. One of his favorite tricks is hiding in the bathroom and attacking people when they're using the toilet. It sounds funny - but he does it because he knows they can't exactly run away.

    I've spoken to a vet about him - they advised euthanasia, but I can't do that to a healthy cat. Like you with your Buddy, I usually know when Leo's about to attack, and can intercept him. He got lucky the other night, because I'd just woken up and was in a bit of a stupor. I guess I'll just have to make sure the bedroom door is properly secured at night, so he can't sneak up on me.

    Once again, many thanks for the advice - I truly appreciate it. I find it very distressing to have a pet who is adorable 95% of the time, and positively Satanic the rest of the time. On that note - happy WW :).

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  4. Why is this bird so mean??? He looks so calm and cute...We don't have them in the south.I have never seen one..

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  5. This guy looks like he means business.

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  6. Aw no! The photos you got were beautiful. Too bad the little guy can't share. :(

    Happy WW nonetheless.

    CrAzY Working Mom

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  7. What a difference a shrike makes!

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  8. These photos are lovely! I love birds i love nature! Happy WW!

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  9. Ah well, at least you got great pictures of him!

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  10. You always have such cute bird and squirrel photos ! I prefer the little squirrels I love them !

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  11. Such an innocent looking bird...very interesting, and nice shots.

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  12. absolutely in love. makes me want to go outside and explore. wow. Thx for the visit and happy WW :0

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  13. Good shots! But before you even know it, they'll be back. Happy WW.

    I'm also keyboarding at
    Crizematt.

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  14. Good job. I have no bird pic in my files - I really need to work on that.

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  15. I love your bird shots Andree. THey are always so good. Happy WW

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  16. beautiful shots. didn't know such birds are so aggresive (=

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  17. Will the shrike leave, or will you have weeks without other birds?

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  18. He looks like a gentle little one but I guess he can be an aggressive predator as well.

    You can find my WW here.

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  19. I never knew the Shrike was so mean! It looks like a cute little friendly bird.

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  20. He may be a grumpy bird, but the shots of him are wonderful.

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  21. Such a lovely bird with such a horrible effect on your birding! I hope he moves on soon, so the others can return.

    Great shots.

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  22. Oh, birds are my favorite! Very nice photos! Great job. :D

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  23. Well, he knows how to clear a room! Lol, happy WW!

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  24. Oh Andree, dis iz anudder good shot of a nice lookin' birdie. I sure lovez birdiez!

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  25. But he is a stunning bird and part of the web of life. He must eat too and play his part in the chain. Without him there would be a surfeit of other small birds and the balance would be tipped in the wrong direction.

    The laws of Nature may seem cruel to our eyes but everything has a purpose in that plan.

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  26. I've never seen a shrike of any type! Great photos but shame it drove all the wildlife away!

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  27. What a beautiful bird. Very lovely indeed. Thanks for the visit. I feel a lil better now. Good day!

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  28. A couple of years ago I used to get 15-20 goldfinches to my feeders. Then one day I saw hawk -- probably a red tailed. He was about 15 inches tall and was sitting on the wall behind some shrubs not ten feet away from the birds! I stopped feeding them immediately and didn't pick it up again until last summer. But I have had only one goldfinch the whole time until now.

    Your photos are wonderful! You must use a good camera. I can't get bird photos nearly as good as that.

    Your whole

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  29. I have never heard of these birds. I was thinking ok so what is a northern shrike some kind of Vermont term for a snowstorm! Very interesting. I just read your previous post on them.
    Medelise

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  30. Why is that little bird such a monster to make everything disappear like that? Psycho-birdie??

    Your photos are just beautiful, Andree, as always. You really are a talented photographer and I love your blog because of the beautiful photos you take.

    Hugs xoxo

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