Loggerhead Shrike- A Video Short
by Bryce W. Robinson
I have had extensive exposure to the Loggerhead Shrike, and I never grow tired of it. Last spring, I was exposed to numerous nesting shrikes in southern California, gaining insight into their breeding ecology and nesting behaviors. I am very excited to experience these things again this season, and plan to make a strident effort to document all peculiarities through photography and film.
I wanted to share this video short as an introduction to the bird. My friend Melissa posted some great photos of Loggerhead Shrikes as a highlighted species on her Birding Thursday project. I suggest checking them out here. One of the photos is of a bird and its prey, a horned lizard. I hope this video along with these photos create excitement and anticipation towards seeing some of the fruits of my nest work this spring.
Bryce, I am fascinated by Loggerhead Shrikes, though they are a songbird they have so many raptor-like behaviors that whenever I am near them I almost forget they are passerines. I look forward to reading about your nest work with Loggerhead Shrikes!
They surely are peculiar Mia. I’m glad we share the interest.
Perhaps my favorite passerine photography subject, Bryce. Fierce little predators! Seeing one in flight with a vole that must weigh almost as much as the bird is impressive. Their “impaling” behavior is simply fascinating and they have deplorable “table manners” – just like me. Interesting post.
Haha. Glad you love them too Ron. A vole!? I’d love to have seen that.
Yup, a vole. I didn’t get the shot because I was driving for Mia and a friend from back east that day but our friend got the shot. It’s posted here if you’re interested.