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Brown Shrike continues in Humboldt 12/3

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  • Rob Fowler
    Hi all, Daryl Coldren and Leslie Tucci refound the Brown Shrike this morning around 1100. The bird was refound by them at the north end of the northernmost
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      Hi all,
      Daryl Coldren and Leslie Tucci refound the Brown Shrike this morning around
      1100. The bird was refound by them at the north end of the northernmost pond
      so it's still obviously ranging over the large area of habitat.

      Couple tips on finding the bird:

      1) Almost every time it's been found it has been on a sunny or partly cloudy
      day. Despite intensive searching most of the time it has been present it has
      ONLY been found on day's like this.

      2) It obviously is not around when large groups of birders are all over the
      place looking for it. I would recommend birders wanting to chase the bird to
      meet up on nice days around 0830 at the Vista Overlook parking lot and walk
      down together and stay together. It does nobody any good to have people
      walking all over the place. If it's raining or threatening to rain stay
      home.

      3) Once you get to the north end of the first pond start scanning all the
      habitat intensely while walking along VERY slowly, heading south. It seems
      best to walk on the west side of the ponds. Both today and on 11/28 this is
      how the bird was refound.

      4) Today and on 11/28 the bird was observed from some distance. It doesn't
      seem to respond well to people wanting to get closer to it to get better
      looks or photos. The bird has already been photographically documented well
      so look first and if you're lucky enough to get photos then great but don't
      rush the bird so that you can get your dream shot or full scope/binocular
      view. Be happy enough that you are seeing it. Today while Leslie and Daryl
      were viewing the bird they stayed their distance and were able to refind the
      bird on at least 4, and maybe more, occasions. They said that there was
      somebody out there walking a dog and when that person showed up the shrike
      disappeared....not sure if they refound it after that or not. This is
      similar to our experience on 11/28.

      So, hopefully these tips will help others that haven't seen it yet get on
      this bird.

      One last thing: I have heard that there have been some instances of people
      bushwacking through the habitat in an effort to flush the bird out of cover.
      This supposedly happened on the last day that it was seen (11/29) with
      birders rushing to the location and encircling the willow or alder that it
      was found in. Then somebody decided to rush into the patch and try to scare
      the bird out. THIS DIDN'T WORK so don't act dumb and do the same thing. This
      is what gives birders bad names.

      Happy shrike hunting,

      --
      Rob Fowler
      McKinleyville, CA


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