Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Genus: Lanius
Species: ludovicianus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Cocoa Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Traverse City, Michigan
Conway, Missouri
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Beulaville, North Carolina
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Spring, Texas
Ruther Glen, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 30, 2010, oldhippi from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

Several summers ago I was making a local flight at our airport. Because of the heat I left the windows of my van rolled down. As I approached my van I saw what looked like a mocking bird fluttering against my windshild inside my van. The bird had flown in and couldn't remember the way out. I opened the door and got in. In a few moments I had trapped the bird under a towel and reached in to help it out. No sooner had I got my hand around it when the bird clamped down on my index finger and drew blood. When I was able to get a better look I realised I was holding a shrike. The slightly hooked bill and single tooth had managed to do some damage to my finger. Both bird and I were happy to part company.


On Dec 29, 2008, decklife from Rockport, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

A loggerhead shrike started hanging out near our deck this fall. We thought it was kind of cute - until it snatched up one of the hummingbirds enjoying our bountiful collection of deck feeders. Now we shoo away shrikes when the hummers are around.