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Northern Shrike or Mockingbird?

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Hi all

Seen on our Crow Valley Xmas Count this weekend on Pawnee National Grassland. "Common" (mocker) during breeding season. We did have one mocker on this count few years back. Only photos I have. When I initially saw it it looked to have long tail and when perched those drooping wings (seen in binos). I hoped for mocker but each passing day says Northern Shrike.



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  • 3 weeks later...

Habitat is a great clue here. Shrike whether Northern of Loggerhead are mostly seen out in the open perched on a wire, fence post or a naked tree branch. Mockingbirds on the other hand can be found just about anywhere including dense cover like this bird.

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