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Northern Shrike – Moraine SP

Alex Lamoreaux|

Anna Fasoli, Gretchen Lasser, Delia Guzman, and I spent almost the entire day today searching Moraine State Park for the previously reported Black-headed Gull(s), without any success. Luckily there was a very beautiful adult Northern Shrike that I was able to see multiple times throughout the day in the same parking lot as where the gulls roosted. Below are two photos I took of the bird, unfortunately the heavy snow and very overcast conditions made for terrible photo conditions. Another nice addition to the day was a juvenile Trumpeter Swan that was floating with a huge collection of American Coots near where the gull roost was.

Northern Shrike - adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Northern Shrike - adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Trumpeter Swan - juvenile (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

Ring-billed Gull - adult (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

Ruddy Duck- juvenile/adult female (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

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Alex Lamoreaux

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Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086

  • Marvant

    Glad you were able to watch the adult No. Shrike at Moraine.  Several of us have happily seen it perch, dive for a snack and just hang around.  Steve Gosser has a few nice photos of it and in one it is carrying a small rodent possibly a mole, I have a poor to fair shot of it on the wires up from the beach with the tail or end of either small snake or very large worm in its beak…I think your photos are great, especially the second one!!  Marge

  • Chris

    Alex – i notice that in both Shrike photos, the bird is sitting on a diagonal branch…just like Anna suggested in Arizona.  Any comment on that?