Report Loggerhead Shrike Sightings

Loggerhead Shrike, George Scott/Audubon Photography Awards

Loggerhead Shrike, George Scott/Audubon Photography Awards

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 they 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.