Lately, the air in the local parks have been filled with the piercing shrills of bald eagles. It is mating season and these iconic birds can be found all up and down the waters edge around Vancouver. As prolific as as these birds are currently, 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 others. It is a small bird, weighing 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 as insects make up a great part of their diet. Songbirds feed on millions of insects yearly. Remember they are directly related to dinosaurs! The Northern Shrike over winters in our part of the world, are 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!