Last night we got a wonderful photo of a shrike. In my excitement about identifying it, I got the website windows mixed up. Upon further review, this is a Northern Shrike, not a Logger head. https://amylawscigeek.com/2022/01/26/loggerhead-shrike/
So what’s the difference? Well, everything I claimed in my previous post was for a Loggerhead is really for a Northern — the narrow eye-stripe not going above the eye, the pale bill at the base. Another feature that I hadn’t realized is distinctive of Northern Shrikes is that they have a little bit of scalloping on their chest feathers — you can faintly see it here as mottling.
In contrast, a Loggerhead has a THICK eye band, a heavier beak and a pure white chest. Here’s a nice website that describes the two side-by-side. (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Shrike/species-compare)
Northern Shrikes are winter visitors to Colorado. And unlike the Loggerheads, Northern populations seem to be doing fine.
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