Friday, September 30, 2005
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
If you have ever found some poor lizard or mouse impaled on a barbed wire fence , you have had a close encounter with this bird. The loggerhead shrike stores it's prey on thorn bushes and barbed wire fence. I would see this once in a while as a kid and wonder if that mean, "stomp every critter" kid from down the street had been by. At the time I didn't know about the shrike.
The shrike has a hawk's spirit in a songbird's body...very predatory, but kind of a puffball. I really like them even though they are about as colorful as a mocker. I think it is their spunkiness that appeals to me.
This is a bird in trouble though. Do an internet search for the shrike and you will find state after state listing it as species of special concern or outright endangered.
To be honest, I haven't seen one for a while. I took this photo on the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine about 10 years ago.
Just one more bird trying to hang on...
Posted by R.Powers at 6:43 AM