Lately, the piercing shrills of bald eagles is filling the skies in local pars. It is mating season and you can find these iconic birds all up and down the waters edge around Vancouver. As captivating as these birds are, they share the skies with many other birds of prey that are no less impressive. One bird that is particularly interesting is the northern shrike. This bird of prey is not at first glance much like the eagles. As a small bird, it weights a max of 79 g with a wingspan no bigger than 13.8 inches. It is classified as a songbird. Although, the predatory nature of songbirds in general should not be overlooked. Songbirds use their predatory nature to hunt down and feed on millions of insects yearly. Remember that songbirds are directly related to dinosaurs! The Northern Shrike over winters in our part of the world feeding on our local birds and other vertebrates. If you want to catch a glimpse of this little predator try heading out to Colony Farm. I know I will!
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