My wife and I took a short trip to Seattle last week and we managed to get out to the Union Bay Natural Area, a small marshland area near the University of Washington. It's got a couple of short trails and provides a nice bit of nature not far from downtown Seattle. We'd been there once or twice before and I've gotten a few life-listers there. On this trip, I got 3 new life listers, including Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers. But the star of the day was a Northern Shrike.
Nearly as soon as we entered the main trail loop, we ran into another birder intently watching a tree. She told us that a Northern Shrike had been hanging about for a few days and I gather that this is an uncommon bird in that area. Unfortunately, the shrike was in a clump of trees a bit off the main trail and I didn't want to get off the trail to get closer. This was the best shot that I got that morning.
I already had a Loggerhead Shrike on my life list but this was my first Northern Shrike. It's always exciting to get a new life lister and even more exciting when it's a rare or unusual sighting.