I heard a bird shriek out the window and what should I see: a Shrike!
A Northern Shrike to be more precise.
A Shrike is a predatory song bird. Not all song birds are nice little birds ~ even though they may look like nice little birds.
Shrikes like to eat other song birds. Yep, they're little bird killers. When they come around the bird feeders they are looking for a meal ... and not one of seeds. They are hunting for other birds.
They are even known to impale their captures onto thorny bushes or barbed wire fences and come back to "snack" on them at a later time.
When this little guy flew in ... all the chickadees and finches flew off. It kept flying up towards the window. I'm thinking it may have seen it's reflection and was curious about it.
Or maybe it saw me and it REALLY had it's curiosity peaked ... LOL
It was interesting to watch ... and that's nature ... they have to eat too.
Notice that sharp hooked beak it has.
The only time I've ever seen them here in my neck of the woods is in the winter months. Here's a map from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology of their territory:
Awww... look at that face! Who couldn't love a Shrike?
Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.