The birds have been rather quiet -- either because of the warm weather or the Cooper's Hawk that has decided to hang around. I suspect it is the latter. Yesterday morning I found a small circle of feathers near the feeder that I believe to be the remains of a Chickadee. Shortly after returning inside, and as we just happened to be looking out the window; the Cooper came swooping in looking for lunch. He wasn't successful this time, but no doubt will return again. The five Turkeys are still coming around occasionally to pick up the seed droppings under the feeders.
Yesterday I saw four Bluebirds in the area I expected to see the Shrike on Higbee Road in Monkton. As I went further around the corner onto Covered Bridge Road I looked in the area again, and saw the Shrike. He was sitting on a pole that was set up for the snowmobile trail. He seemed quite busy flying down to the ground, picking something up, and then flying back to the pole. He continued doing this time and time again. He was still doing it when I left. I assume because it had warmed up yesterday and the sun was shining that some of the insects came out and he must have been having a feast. Probably why he wasn't bothering the Bluebirds.
Today I didn't go until late afternoon but still saw him (if it is the same one!) in the same field only it was about a half mile away. Unfortunately I didn't see the Bluebirds.
On Thursday I was coming out of the Depot Home and Garden Store in Essex Junction (a great place to shop for bird stuff!) by the railroad tracks and saw one bird chase another into a bush by the old Flanders building. I stopped to see if it would come out and it was peeking out and I could see that it was a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. He finally got nervous and flew up to the top of the light posts for the tracks. He was still there when I left.