Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike (from Wikipedia)

This is a Loggerhead Shrike. I saw one the other day, on a fence post. I like the masked eyes. Very mysterious, yes? Well, don’t let those eyes-behind-the-mask fool you. This bird means business. It’s known for using barbed wire or tops of chain link fences to impale its food. (I’m trying not to look out the window to see if there is anything “stored” on my chain link fence.)

“Loggerhead” refers to the size of its head, as it is quite large when compared to the rest of the body. Nothing to do with the logging industry, then? No.


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