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