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Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Photographed in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida on October 29, 2009. This is the first Loggerhead Shrike I have ever seen in Mead Garden. About a month ago other birders reported seeing one. Today I was looking at a group of Mockingbirds in a dead tree and  almost missed seeing the bird. A closer view with my binoculars I saw the Shrike in the same tree with the Mockingbirds.

Whatbird: 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.

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