I find impaled bats pretty frequently in areas with no shrikes (several bats
each year). Bats are prone to collide with barbed wire and get ensnared by the
tail or the wing. Only once have I found an ensnared bat that was still alive.
Not saying that your shrike didn’t impale this bat, but you might want to
consider that it may have just accidentally collided with the wire, especially
if there is no other visible injuries. It appears to be hanging from the tail
which seems like an atypical way for a shrike to impale prey.
Other species I’ve found that have accidentally become ensnared after collision
with barbed wire are American robin, eastern meadowlark, song sparrow,
red-shouldered hawk, and great horned owl.
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Yesterday we found a Loggerhead Shrike in the Ozarks near the Mark Twain
National Forest in SE Missouri (which the first time I have found one in this
area) and amongst his cached food items was this impaled eastern red bat!
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