Loggerhead Shrike Sightings

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The loggerhead shrike, or butcher bird, has seriously declined over the last half century, with current numbers estimated to be only a quarter of what were in 1966. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is currently working to understand what is driving the decline. You can report banded or unbanded shrikes to dgifweb@dgif.virginia.gov or call 804-367-0143. Try to identify the color bands and provide date, time, location (the more precise the better), and other pertinent information—behaviors, for example. Photos are welcome but not required.

Want to learn more? ASNV’s own, Glenda Booth, has written an excellent article about these eccentric birds.