My Colorado baning buddy was down Texas way in January banding Shrikes 
and they all have orange bands.  So keep your eyes open.  Here is her 
message and email address:

"Hi Birder Friends -

Two weeks ago, I returned from a shrike banding foray in south TX. We found 
a few birds - likely resident breeders - calling and defending territories. 
However, preliminary analysis shows that a significant percentage of the 
shrikes we caught are migrants, many from the NE part of the US. All 152 birds 
were banded with an orange band on the left leg, which should be readily 
visible. They were all caught along the Gulf Coast and slightly inland, from Port 
Lavaca to about 80 miles northeast.

I'd appreciate it if you could spread the word to birders in your state to be on 
the lookout for orange-banded shrikes as they pass through in the coming 
months. Sightings would be very helpful, with locations as precise as possible.

I'm also thinking that migration might be early. When you start seeing shrikes 
on the move, please let me know.

Thanks for your help.

Susan Craig
Colorado Springs, CO
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Good Birding,
Keith Brink
Liberty, MO

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