Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

This is a Loggerhead Shrike. I have been watching him for the last few weeks stationed on the various wooden posts that ring the fields down the street from my home.  The Loggerhead is a small bird, gray and white, with a black hooked beak and a black mask across his face.  Believe it or not, this little guy is a predator.  He feeds on insects, lizards, mice and other birds.  His strong hooked beak allows him to rip his prey to shreds.  I imagine that other birds and small animals in the neighborhood tell their young to beware of the bird in the black mask.

Here are a couple more shots…

Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike