But the shrike pleaded his innocence, and I had no proof against him.
I doubt if the shrike could have killed him, but it certainly gave him a good fright.
It is no argument against this theory, that the shrike sometimes leaves these stores without returning to them.
The shrike had probably come to town to try his luck with English sparrows.
The Red-backed shrike lays five or six eggs of a pink-white or cream colour, with brown spots predominating at the larger end.
The shrike is a citizen of the world, being found in both hemispheres.
The shrike wiped his beak upon the branches, cast an eye down at me and at his lost mouse, and then flew away.
While I was watching the first shrike family, Canello had two scares.
Something about her appearance reminded me of a thing often seen—a shrike carrying off a small bird.
He is every whit as independent as the shrike, but in how opposite a manner!
1540s, apparently from a survival of Old English scric "a shrike or thrush," literally "bird with a shrill call," probably echoic of its cry and related to shriek (cf. Old Norse skrikja "shrieker, shrike," German schrik "moor hen," Swedish skrika "jay").