This morning I went on a short walk to Belwood Lake to look for some more winter birds and was rewarded with an obliging Northern Shrike that allowed me to snap a few photos. I was quite happy with the shots that I got.
My first few shots show that this shrike was feeding on something, possibly another bird. Shrikes are a predatory songbird that eat rodents, small birds, and insects. They have always been a favourite winter bird of mine, as they are very active and allows doing something interesting. The dense scaling on the breast and faint mask show that this is a young (first winter) bird.
Other birds of note included lots of redpolls, pine siskins, and two more Pine Grosbeak! So far I have only had young and female birds. I am still waiting on my bright red male grosbeak!