Northern Shrike at Great Swamp NWR – Nov. 3, 2017

A Northern Shrike, more than likely the same individual found by Patrick (DiMarco) Finch on October 24, was relocated November 1 by Fred Weber at the Great Swamp NWR and seen by many observers today, Nov. 3.

The Northern Shrike was seen at the tops of dead trees, shifting from perch to perch, generally north of the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road. A spotting scope increases the chance of a decent view. The Shrike was a little too far for decent photographs (besides, this writer’s DSLR is currently in Canon rehab).

Northern Shrike, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Nov. 3, 2017 (documentation photo by Alan Boyd)

PLEASE NOTE: The Great Swamp NWR will be closed Saturday, November 4, due to hunting.

Formerly an almost annual location for wintering Northern Shrikes, the species has been absent from the Great Swamp in recent years.

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