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An adult Northern Shrike was observed last Friday by Mark Robbins at Smithville Lake.  Mark found it in the same spot ,using the same perches, as an immature bird he observed there in March.  He suspects it's the same individual returning to its winter territory.  

Location: Baumann Campground Area – pull into the parking lot where there is an archery/shooting gallery (just before the Marina entrance south of Paradise).  From that parking lot walk toward the large rest room at the top of the hill (they've planted a good patch of native grass on the left hand side as you walk up the hill).  There's a pond just below the restroom – walk to the other side of the pond and then take the road to the very tip – the shrike’s 'territory' includes all the area from the restroom to the tip.  If it isn’t windy, it is relatively easy to find, but expect about a half mile of walking.  

Chris Hobbs
Shawnee, KS
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