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February 7, 2011

The Butcher Bird

Jennifer and I were driving up the canyon yesterday when I saw a small bird fly across the road. I wasn't clear what it was, but I stopped to get a shot because it looked unusual enough that it caught my attention.

As it turns out, it was a Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) eating a male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) with an unusual orange coloration.

This is the 2nd time I've seen a Northern Shrike eating a male House Finch in the winter. (Here's one I shot in December of 2009.)

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Posted by Rob Kiser on February 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM

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