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    Default Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    The 9-inch bird fills a niche between numerous songbirds and the raptors, evidenced by something of a hook on the end of its bill. In some areas, it is informally called "the butcher bird," this from its habit of impaling its prey of small birds, lizards, large insects, etc. on barbed wire, thorns, or sharp twigs.
    These are my first shots of the Loggerhead Shrike. It is widespread, being found across most of the USA but, at the same time, is uncommon; I don't recall seeing one in the last several years. Its habitat is semi-open country. (There is one more very similar bird: the Northern Shrike. It is slightly larger and, as the name suggests, that one breeds in the Far North.)
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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    Beautiful catch! I've seen the impaling of a dragonfly - already stripped of their wings, into sharp thorns by our version of shrike. creepy.

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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    Nice I have yet to see either NA variety.. northern is the most regular here but loggerheads are reported once in a while
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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    Thank you both for the looks & remarks. Wish there were more of these interesting birds around.
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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    I am always amazed at the rich variety of birds in your part of the world. These, of course, are excellent!
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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    Thanks for your reply, Diana. Yes, there is quite a variety of birds here, especially in the prairie regions. In that regard, the mountainous areas nearby don't begin to compare.
    ~Ken

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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    Nice series Ken! Really like #1,never see one before...
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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    Thank you, Mike!
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    Default Re: Loggerhead Shrike --Part Songbird, Part Hawk

    Beautiful, speechless.....

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