It used to be every winter a highlight of Bird Alley was to see a Northern Shrike fly in and perch among the branches, however we had not seen a Northern Shrike in Bird Alley since 2010, that is until yesterday afternoon! I was sitting at my bay window that looks out onto Bird Alley watching the Team Canada/U.S.. hockey game and it was intermission time between the first and second period and I looked up and
I saw a light grey colored bird on a branch and I said out loud, " Oh, a female Evening Grosbeak", as that is what its size and coloring suggested to me. My husband entering the room looked out and said , "No, and at that moment I realized I was looking at a Northern Shrike! Luckily
there were no other birds around as the Shrike is a predator bird, carrying from its reputation the nickname of "The Butcher Bird". It didn't stay long and I did not get many pictures. Regardless of its disastrous reputation, the shrike is a handsome bird!