northern shrike

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Noun1.northern shrike - a butcherbird of northern North Americanorthern shrike - a butcherbird of northern North America
butcherbird - shrikes that impale their prey on thorns
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Fortunately, there were inspiring highlights, like bald eagles, rusty blackbird and lots of red-bellied woodpeckers, a southern species that has taken a tenacious hold here, thanks to global warming -- and a snowy owl and northern shrike in Concord.
First, we were able to exclude a few species from the pool of those contributing to beak marks in our sample of snakes: American kestrel, northern shrike, and red-tailed hawk.
With the guide's release, out-of-towners will learn what local birders already know: that the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is the closest place you can get by land to a colony of 65,000 common murres; that Sally's Bend in Newport is a great place to see northern shrike, American pipit and all six species of grebes; and that Sweet Creek Falls near Mapleton offers glimpses through old growth trees of the American dipper, a grey-colored songbird that walks under swift-running streams, eating cranefly larvae.
Atkinson discovered that, in winter, the northern shrike sometimes sings for its supper instead.
Several years ago, Van Klett, the assistant refuge manager for the Fish and Wildlife Service on Adak, spotted a northern shrike.

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