northern shrike (Lanius excubitor)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8 inches
Heavy, hooked bill with a pale base to lower mandible
Pale gray head and back
White underparts with faint gray barring
Black wings with white wing patches
Black tail with white outer tail feathers
Juveniles and immatures are browner and duller
The northern shrike is very similar to the Loggerhead Shrike but is larger
with a black mask that does not extend across the top of the bill, pale base
to the lower mandible, a paler gray overall color and faintly barred under-
parts. Immatures are browner than immature loggerheads. Northern mock-
ingbirds are similarly-sized and colored but have slimmer bills and lack a
Length of Incubation: 15-16(?) days
Days to Fledge:20
Number of Broods:?
Diet: Almost exclusively insects, small mammals, and birds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley