Sunday, November 27, 2016

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Vermont, USA, November 26, 2016

Foggy Vt
Ominous Missisquoi
Shrike country

Burlington hummural
Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  I tagged along on a last-minute trip to Burlington on the condition that there would be some birding involved.  The highlight after a few hours at rainy Missisquoi was a Northern Shrike, vomiting then catching a small mammal and flying off with it.  It was a novel wrinkle to be birding in a location where hunters blasted away the whole time from all sides.

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