- Shrikes are definitely oportunistic hunters, taking whatever they can
manage, mammals and birds included. A few years back I was watching a
Northern Shrike on the Copper River Delta in late winter, my notes
tell me it was March 25th. While I was watching it the shrike coughed
up two small pellets. After it flew off I collected the pellets; the
only thing that I could identify for sure in the pellets was what
appeared to be a carapace from a small beetle. Apparently a few
insects are available in the winter, at least in balmy coastal locales.