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.
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 Sep 7, 2010, cebr01 from Ruther Glen, VA wrote:
After reading about this bird and realizing it is a predator, I am trying to figure out a way to keep them away! Yesterday, I was watching a female cardinal in my front yard when 5 of these birds tried to trap her! Two of them chased her into the cover of a downed tree while the other three waited above. When I figured out what they were up to I chased them off. My yard is full of large old trees that are home to many different birds. I sit on the porch listening to them chatter in the afternoons, very interesting! I am worried these Loggerhead Shrike will scare them all off and they will quit nesting in my trees. Anyone know anything that will get rid of just the shrike?