Northern Shrike

Wow, what a day! I went to my good friend Eric Dresser's house today to photograph a flock of Evening Grosbeaks that have been coming to his feeders. I sat in a blind set up near the feeders for a couple of hours and was able to photograph Evening Grosbeak, Black-capped Chickadee and Hairy Woodpecker. Just as I was getting too chilled to stay out much longer, a Northern Shrike landed on our perch and I was able to fire off 8 shots before he flew off. Managing to photograph a Northern Shrike, let along on a nice setup perch, was the farthest thing from my mind before today. It just goes to show - a bit of determination and (maybe a lot of) good luck can go a long way.

Adult Northern Shrike, Vienna, New York