Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Northern Shrike

Shrikes like to cache their food. They bite their necks to kill them, then impale them on a thorn or barbed wire. They earned the nickname “butcherbirds” for this practice. Shrikes are very cunning and will typically hunt from perches but they will also groundhop, hover, and flycatch. Some will resort to mimicry. Shrikes are a good indicator of quality habitat, so again, we were SUPER excited to have this guy around!

More info and to hear a song, check out All About Birds; other sources of good info are Birdsource.org and Birdweb.org