Holy Butcher Bird, Batman.....is that a Northern Shrike in RuthieJ's backyard?
We were on our way home from Rochester this morning and I saw this bird sitting in the top of one of my trees down in the "wild" part of my backyard. It was about the size of a bluejay, but no crest on the head and grayish looking all over. "Holy Crap, that looks like a shrike!" I exclaimed to the spousal unit.
Fortunately we were 1 minute from home and I was able to rush into the house and grab my camera and binoculars before running out through the backyard to try and ID this bird. So what do you think? Can you tell from this crappy photo whether it's a shrike or not? (I tried to get closer, but of course the bird noticed me and flew away.)
I've seen them occasionally around here in the winter and even had one in my yard about 6 years ago, but haven't seen one in the area since.