Loggerhead Lookout

The one bird you may notice hanging around feeder stations in winter is the Loggerhead Shrike.  It is an incredibly beautiful, greyish-blue bird that if you look closely has a distinct hooked predator-like bill.  This is for good reason as Loggerhead Shrikes are hunters, swooping down from their lookout perches to snag insects, rodents, snakes and sometimes small birds!  They are also known as ‘butcher-birds’ as they will often impale their prey on thorns or barb-wire fences – likely to mark territory or attract mates.  Make sure to watch for these unique and attractive visitors to the Sanctuary.