It was a magic morning watching my birds at the feeders. I had a White Crown Sparrow and White Throated Sparrow which I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I went out and through out more Sparrow food and came in to watch again. A large bird the size of a mockingbird landed on the arbor. My camera was , for once right in front of me, so I began taking lots of pictures. The bird wasn’t interested in the feeder . It landed on the ground once. I have mice and voles around the feeder. It seemed more interested in the birds. Most had left. Well, when I got to examine the images closely I found out it was an immature first winter Northern Shrike! I’ve never been that close to a Shrike before. I’ve only seen adults. Talk about making my day! Now I just need some Evening Grosbeaks and Redpolls. I live in a rural development. Our lots are 2 acres or more and there is a farm across the road on route 20, so the habitat does work for these birds. So exciting!
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