Photography by Curtis Beaird
We were happy and surprised to see this beautiful Loggerhead Shrike land in a tree in our yard. We have usually seen them near ponds, on top of light posts or on utility poles next to large fields.
According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
The Loggerhead Shrike is a songbird with a raptor’s habits. A denizen of grasslands and other open habitats throughout much of North America, this masked black, white, and gray predator hunts from utility poles, fence posts and other conspicuous perches, preying on insects, birds, lizards, and small mammals. Lacking a raptor’s talons, Loggerhead Shrikes skewer their kills on thorns or barbed wire or wedge them into tight places for easy eating. Their numbers have dropped sharply in the last half-century.
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