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 Northern Shrike

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Northern Shrike Archives Reports
Fall 2003 32
Spring 2003 20
Winter 02-03 67
Fall 2002 16
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 20
Winter 01-02 72
Fall 2001 19
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 13
Winter 00-01 129
Fall 2000 17
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 18
Winter 00-99 90
Fall 1999 28
Spring/Summer 1999 1

NMB Database
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For: Northern Shrike

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Northern Shrike
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Northern Shrike
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Lanius excubitor borealis Vieillot
Northern Shrike

Rare winter visitant.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839 : 413).

Northern Shrikes are found in the Lower Peninsula from the latter part of October to mid-March, and in the Upper Peninsula from mid-October to mid-April. Since the Migrant Shrike, L. ludovicianus migrans, is now known to winter at least rarely in southern counties (Van Tyne, 1940a:35) , it is possible that some of the sight records in this account actually refer to that species.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 130) recorded a Northern Shrike near the Erie marsh, Monroe County, January 15, 1939. Swales (1904: 38) listed the species as an irregular winter visitant in the Detroit area from November 1 (1901) to March 15 (1903); J. Claire "Wood collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) there in late October (October 22, 1905; October 24, 2023). The species is occasionally reported at a similar time in the Ann Arbor region (1 bird seen by Walter Koelz on November 7,1921; 1 by R. E. Olsen on January 5, 1930; and 1 on February 24, 28, and March 3, 1939, by R. E. Morrill). George F. Raz reported 1 at Union Pier, Berrien County, on December 9 and 25,1936. Walkinshaw (1935: 63) found 1 in Calhoun County on December 25, 1934. Gibbs (1885: 69) listed the species as an irregular transient and occasional winter visitant in Kalama- zoo County from November to March; F. H. Chapin collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) there on March 6, 1880. A Northern Shrike (U.M.M.Z.) was secured on Charity Island, Huron County, October 7, 1910, by N. A. "Wood (1911: 104), and 1 was seen at Lincoln, Alcona County, on October 29 by J. Claire Wood (1913: 19). Verne Dockham reported in 1941 that 8 to 10 were seen every winter at Mio, Oscoda County. John L. George saw 1 near Alpena on January 24,1941, and collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on the following day near Hillman, Montmorency County. D. W. Douglass observed 1 on January 16, 1941, near the Pigeon River in southern Cheboygan County.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens, at McMillan, Luce County, and Christofferson, at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, have reported the species between the latter part of October and mid-April. Bryens saw 2 Northern Shrikes on October 19, 1927, and 2 on January 5, 1941; he collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on March 10, 1934, and saw 1 on April 14, 1940. Typical records by Christofferson are: 1 seen on November 6, 1940; 2 on November 17, 1938; 4 on March 15, 1940; 2 on April 4, 1933.

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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