Stephen Buckingham reports:
"I had planned to look for the shrike this morning, but had no free time until after 3 p.m. Saturday, when it was getting darker, windier and snowier by the minute.
"Nevertheless I drove down to DeKorte from Montclair in a hurry, figuring this could be my last chance to see the bird. When I arrived and parked in front of the Amvet Carillon, it was 23 degrees with the wind seeming to blow snow into my face no matter which direction I was looking.
"It took me all of five minutes walking up and down the road though, before I heard the crazy bird singing as if it were spring. Had I not heard it, there was no way I would have spotted it in the dim light and snow. "
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"The amazing bird continued to sing steadily for about 10-15 minutes, which allowed me the time to spot him, sitting low in a tree across the pond, about three feet from the ground, directly across from the gate to the Sawmill Creek trail.
"I watched him for a good 5-10 minutes before my hands got so cold that I had to go back to my car to warm them. When I went back ten minutes later to try to watch him some more, he was gone, and I heard no more singing.
"By that point the snow was falling more heavily, and it was getting dark. Time to head home. It was a real treat to see this bird."