Left the house for a short while to run errands this afternoon. A quick twenty minute scan from Mt. Warner road in Hadley produced this smart first-winter Northern Shrike, almost certainly the same bird which I last saw back in November '07. Five Eastern Bluebirds brightened up an otherwise very wintry seen here.
Earlier in the day, I noted about 3 Pine Grosbeaks on Strong Street, Amherst. Yesterday was also good for Pine Grosbeaks with about 4 on North Whitney Street and 10 along Rt 63 in North Amherst. Woodpeckers have been quite active lately with Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers all seen or heard from the apartment yesterday. Very nice indeed.