So, when news broke middle of last week that a Northern Shrike had been spotted over in Queen Anne's County, less than an hour's drive away, and was giving every birder for miles great looks, we naturally decided to go not see it again. What the heck, it would be a nice drive. And our friend Ross Geredien was up for some spontaneous adventure.
So off we went. And guess what?
Life bird! This is a beautiful bird. But not a gentle one. Shrikes are nick-named "Butcher Bird" because they have a lovely habit of impaling their prey--mice, insects, small birds--on barbed wire or thorns before dining. Vlad the Impaler bird.
A Mockingbird in the area apparently didn't like Mr. Shrike cutting in on the action. This photo is fuzzy and the lighting was bad, but just check out the body language between these two avians:
On the way home, we stopped at a field overloaded with Snow Geese , our first of the season. Ross Geredien scoped for Ross' Goose. No luck. Still, it was a beautiful sight:
Birdcouple needs a new nemesis bird. Hmm, how about American Golden Plover?
P.S. BirdCouple has been kind of lame this year, but we finally got on the ball today and purchased our Federal Duck Stamp. It's only $15, and 98% of the price goes to buy habitat for National Wildlife Refuges. The ones YOU love to visit and bird. So please please please get yours now, if you haven't already. You can do it on-line right here.