The day after Christmas when my husband and I went to Huntsville I saw, just up the road from our house, a quick glimpse of a Loggerhead Shrike dashing off the telephone wire into a tree. Yesterday, Morgan and I went on a mission to see if we could find him.
We nearly FROZE!!!
I didn't take many pictures because as I mentioned, WE WERE ON A MISSION!!
But I couldn't resist taking a picture of Nature's Christmas decorations!We walked past the Guinea neighbor's house and were a bit disappointed because that was where we were expecting to see the Shrike and we had to turn around because our eyes were watering from the biting cold wind.
When we did I saw a flash of Mockingbird colors but I knew that was no Mockingbird!
This was my Shrike and a "life" bird for me. My northern home only produced the Northern Shrike, one of my favorite winter birds.
The Loggerhead loves open fields and shrubby hedgerows with fences to hunt from. Loggerheads eat mice, lizards large bugs and "gulp" small birds. They impale their catch on thorns and barbwire for safe keeping. These next two images are heavily cropped as he kept his distance.On the way home we met a few Bluebirds who chatted to us but didn't pose!It was well worth the runny noses to get our Loggerhead confirmed. For the poem I wrote for my Northern Shrike please click on the title of this post!