Saturday, March 18, 2017

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) - 11Mar2017

There is a special place in my heart for Loggerhead Shrikes.  They are local in my area, and according to the below Wiki entry they are on the decline.  However, I don't have trouble finding them at ILM airport.

It is nicknamed the butcherbird after its carnivorous tendencies, as it consumes prey such as amphibians, insects, lizards, small mammals and small birds. Due to its small size and weak talons, this predatory bird relies on impaling its prey upon thorns or barbed wire for facilitated consumption. The numbers of Loggerhead Shrike have significantly decreased in recent years, especially in Midwest, New England and Mid-Atlantic areas.

This particular bird is a resident on the east end of Ocean Isle in southeast NC.  He has completely no regard for authority and frequently parks right on top of a No Parking sign.

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