Date: 11/4/17 11:44 am From: Jeff Kozma <jcr_5105...> Subject: [Tweeters] Northern Shrike takes goldfinch
This morning I was playing with my dog in the backyard when I heard a distress call from a bird coming from a birch tree that is on the boarder of mine and my neighbor's property. Then I saw a bird with large white tail spots fly into my crabapple tree in that same corner of the yard. I first thought maybe a towhee, but then it flew out from the middle of the crabapple tree to an outer branch right in front of me and then I could see it was an immature Northern Shrike holding a struggling goldfinch in its feet! When it saw me, it flew through the apple tree out over my neighbor's yard and I lost where it went. Interestingly enough, the goldfinches that were feeding on the catkins of the birch never flew off in distress. Almost as if they didn't perceive the shrike as a predator, which may explain how it caught a goldfinch in the first place. Definitely a great wildlife moment and only the second Northern Shrike I've seen in my yard.