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Loggerhead Shrike  by Kimberly Chadwick

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I do believe these are my favorite songbirds. Knowing that they are at risk of being endangered, makes spotting one that much more exciting!

Loggerhead Shrike

This open-country bird is declining over most of its range. Males impales prey – large insects and small reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and passerines – on barbed wire and thorns to cache food and mark territories (indicating their fitness to potential mates).

With their sharp vision, Loggerheads can spot prey 70 yards away and can carry, using their bills, more than their own weight in flight.

Found in open country, lowland plains, grassy pastures, or hillsides with short grass and low shrubs and trees. Builds cup-like nest in thick shrubs or low trees.

VOICE Song a series of harsh paired phrases repeated at precise intervals. Calls include harsh fusses.


  • The Loggerhead Shrike is most well known for its innovative use of barbed-wire and chain-link fences to impale its prey to cache for later. It is also called butcherbird or French Mockingbird.
  • Decline in population over the past years is not well understood, but may be due to decreased winter survivability and vehicle collisions, particularly involving juvenile birds. They are listed endangered in Maryland and Virginia and a species of special concern (SSC) in West Virginia. They are only still relatively common in Florida.
  • The San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike subspecies has been listed as endangered since 1977, with population numbers reaching as low as 14 individuals. Currently there are captive breeding and release programs in use to help increase their numbers.
  • A group of shrikes are collectively known as an “abattoir” and a “watch” of shrikes.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    A difficult bird to capture…you nailed this one Kimberly!! Well done!

  • Thank you Blair, I do love these guys and get so excited when I see one!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful! nice little bird. something we don’t have here in north I guess ;)

  • Thank you eyelife. Endangered the more North you go sad to say. Only flourishing in Florida from my understanding.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 4 years ago

    Great one, Kimberly. I had a baby once. The parents were dive bombing cats next door. I asked the bird-lady to take it and she asked please, raise it yourself. Because of the beak, I sent her a pic and she called that her husband was on the way – she hadn’t had one and wanted to raise it herself.

  • That is funny! Thank you Kay!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 4 years ago

    He is cute !!!!!

  • Thank you Judy!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Kimberly!

  • Thank you much Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 4 years ago

    Nice capture my friend.One of my favorite birds…Hugs..Tom

  • Mine too Tom! Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Kimberly!

  • Thank you so very much for stopping by and taking a peek Istvan!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    What a fantastic capture, it looks a lot like the European Great Grey Shrike.

  • Thank you Robert, I do love these guys!! Happy New Year!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybridealmost 4 years ago

    oh so beautiful! excellent capture :)

  • Thank you so much my new friend, I appreciate that!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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