Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Oatka Creek Park and Black Creek Park • February 19

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Video of owl at http://youtu.be/4PAEPxNjoUs .

Northern Cardinal bathing in the creek.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Northern Shrike. This bird was in Black Creek Park and has been there since at least December, spending a balmy winter in Rochester!

Northern Shrike. This bird nests in the spruce forests of upper Canada, so it is well acclimated to cold weather.

Northern Shrike. This bird, believe or not, is a predator with a diet that consists of rodents and small birds. It is the size of a mockingbird. Note the obvious hook at the end of its bill for tearing flesh.

Northern Shrike. During winter this bird hunts from the top of tall shrubs, as it is doing here.

Northern Shrike