I write about the raptors I expect to see during the winter in Utah but there are also song birds I keep an eye out for too like this immature Northern Shrike. Northern Shrikes like their cousins the Loggerhead Shrikes are often called Butcher Birds because they impale their prey to cache to eat at a later time. Both species of shrike sing but I am not sure I would call it a song. They aren’t raptors but they sure act like them at times.
Loggerhead Shrikes breed here in Utah while Northern Shrikes breed in the taiga and tundra of northern Canada and Alaska. Loggerhead Shrikes can be seen much of the year in Utah but during the harshest and coldest winters they do migrate south. There are times that both species of shrike can be seen in northern Utah but I have yet to see them both at the same time. I’d love to have an image with both species side by side.
I checked out eBird’s interactive map and see that Bill Fenimore has already spotted Northern Shrikes in Utah this season so I need to start keeping an eye out for them too!
Life is good.
PS: I am expecting to see snow falling soon!