I had a very similar thing happen around my house last week-- also no
binos, not even my eyeglasses at hand. But the bird was calling lustily
in a Catbird-ish jumble, and my nearby usually jammed feeders were
A shrike expert I spoke to once said he thinks they do that to attract
unwary birds within reach. If that's the case, sure didn't work here.
Everybody had skedaddled into the shrubbery.
On 3/18/2011 6:43 PM, Larry Levine wrote:
> While walking my pooch around the Jericho East neighborhood this late
> afternoon, I came upon a light gray bird perched at the apex of a 50
> ft Birch. It was too high to ID by naked eye. I was able to stand
> about 20 ft from the tree in very good light. My 1st thought was that
> it was a N. Shrike but I did not have any binos...just my iphone. It
> was calling like an almost nasally Catbird. After listening and
> watching for a minute or so and hoping it didn't fly away, I pulled
> up a N. Shrike on iBird Pro on my phone and identified it as a
> juvenile N. Shrike. The app had the exact juvenile call/song as the
> bird I was hearing.
> I also heard a FOY Eastern Phoebe on my walk.
> Larry Levine Jericho