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I have watched on several occasions European Starlings behave as though they were fly catching. On one occasion it was from a antenna tower in Rolla.  The birds would fly out and they fly right back to their perches.  

Scott Laurent

On Dec 7, 2012, at 9:43 PM, Bill Duncan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Doug,
 
While looking for the Northern Shrike in St. Charles Co, I came across three small, shrubby honey locust that the bird was using as caches.  Each tree contained 2-5 grasshoppers. 
 
I observed another interesting behavior this morning.  While watching the Shrike it would fly high above its perch and looked like it was "flycatching".  While at Faust Park later in the day, a fellow birder and I watched Cedar Waxwings that looked to be flycatching as well.  These observations were puzzling to me for a couple of reasons.  First, I wasn't aware that either of these species fed like this.  Second, although it hasn't been extremely cold, I still do not imagine the numbers of invertebrates to be very high right now.  I suppose there may have been a hatch of some kind during the warm spell this week.  I would be interested in antibody's thoughts about these observations.
 
P.S. I did not have either Crossbill species at Faust, but the other birder did have the Whitewing by ear prior to my arrival.
 
Good weekend wishes to everyone,
 
"Ozark" Bill Duncan

On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Doug Willis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
MoBirders:
For some reason, I seem to be finding shrike food caches practically everywhere I go. Mainly, I'm finding grasshoppers, crickets and even a Dung Beetle impaled on barbed wire and/or thorn trees. Has anyone else noticed this?
I was wondering if shrikes eat the "good stuff" and maybe impale prey that is more abundant and/or easier to catch. Has anyone observed small rodents or birds, etc. impaled?
It would be interesting to know what prey items are lardered in other areas with good shrike densities (bootheel, north-central MO, southern Osage Plains, etc.).
I have written about shrike food caches; their contents and purposes on my blog, "Birding Western Missouri."
"Vlad the Impaler" link here:  http://sweatymudflat.blogspot.com/2012/12/vlad-impaler.html
There are 4 or 5 other related posts including this one about the McComas Rd. shrike larder:  http://sweatymudflat.blogspot.com/2012/12/mccomas-rd-shrike-shtash.html
Observations and/or comments certainly welcome on or off-list.
I haven't posted in a while and wanted to thank the listowners for being supportive and allowing me to introduce my blog contents into the general avian conversation of Mobirds-L. There is no financial gain of any kind from this endeavor (with some of my crappy photos...are you kidding?!)
Good Birding,
Doug Willis
Kansas City, MO
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