November 06, 2013
I had the opportunity to get down the trail and got to see the bird.
It feeds on small birds, mammals, and insects, sometimes impaling them on spines or barbed wire fences.
The Northern Shrike, like other shrikes, kills more prey, if it can, than it can immediately eat or feed to nestlings. Such behavior was characterized by early observers as "wanton killing," but the Northern Shrike stores excess prey to eat later. Storing food is an adaptation for surviving periods of food scarcity.
The Latin species name of the Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor, means "Butcher watchman."