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Bob observation is valid. "I see a hint of brown..."   
I'm not sure of winter adult plumage,
but this bird had multi-shades of black, greys and buff/grey and white.
 
Here the back shows as a darker cape:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/shrike7.jpg
Here the white rump:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/shrike8.jpg
 
This muti-shading along with STRUCTURE (there is a gullers term)
 IE:overall sizebig head; long tail differ the bird from Loggerhead IMO.
 
Bill Rudden
St. Louis
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--- On Sat, 11/15/08, Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Subject: Re: WGNSS trip 11-13-08/loons, shrike/late posting
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Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 2:54 AM

Is the Northern Shrike an immature bird? I think I see a hint of brown on a couple of Bill Rudden's pictures?
 
Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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