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"Northern Shrike"
Northern Shrike:    The scientific species name of the Northern Shrike, "Lanius excubitor", means "Butcher watchman". Shrikes common name refers to their shrieking call.

According to Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye (1988),   "The name shrike has the same Anglo-Saxon roots as "shriek". Shrikes have heads that are larger in proportion to their bodies than most birds, and this is noted in Loggerhead, which has the same origins as "blockhead". The generic name of the shrikes, Lanius is Latin for "butcher" (and shrikes are often termed "butcherbirds"). The Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor was given its trivial name, the Latin word for "sentinel" by Linnaeus, who thought the bird looked out for hawks and warned little birds. Actually, of course, an erect stationary shrike is looking for little birds or insects, but not to warn them. The trivial name of the Loggerhead, ludovicianus means "of Loouisiana" in Latin."


 
January ... Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2017, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Shrike, Sauvie Island, Oregon. (DIGISCOPED). Image taken January 28, 2017. Samsung S5.


April ... Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington ...

Image, 2011, Woodland Bottoms, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Shrike, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Partly sunny, partly overcast, drizzle. Along the Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


December ... Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington ...

Image, 2008, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2008, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Shrike, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Day overcast and gray. Image taken December 3, 2008.


December ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2007, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Northern Shrike. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.

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