This morning a Pine Grosbeak came into the backyard to feed on sunflower seeds. I watched him crack open the seeds with the greatest of ease.
A Junco was also munching away on the ground when suddenly all the birds flew up into the bushes.
A Shrike came into the yard and actually hovered in the middle of the clearing for a second or two. It seems all the little birds got away safely, for now…
Here is a picture of a Northern Shrike that I took last winter after it struck a window.