Re: BROWN SHRIKE CONTINUES
- I am reposting Rob's email about the shrike. I think it more or less hits the nail on the head. Main tips for seeing the bird: Try scanning the marshy area and stunted alders from the dunes and working your way up and down the area that way. Stay out of the bird's and other birders way by not bushwhacking and thrashing the habitat. Hanging out in the vegetation where the bird has been seen will likely only result in making the bird skulk. Finding this bird takes a lot of patience, luck, and time. People should not assume that the bird has left simply because there are a few days of negative reports.
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
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
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,
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