Loggerhead Shrike: Draw a Bird Day

butcherbird–
we find your habits
distasteful–
twisting necks,
impaling your prey on thorns–
killing to survive

preferring
our own destructive
impulses–
too often
disconnected from earth–
we pull life apart

The Loggerhead Shrike, also known as butcherbird or thornbird, is a medium sized songbird that acts like a raptor.  With a short hooked beak, but lacking the talons of a true bird of prey, it hunts in similar ways, diving from an elevated perch or hovering and flushing its victims.  It then impales its food on thorns or barbed wire.  It can kill prey larger than itself by spearing the head or neck and twisting at a very high speed.  Sounds gruesome, no?  And many of the reference photos I looked at showed it either consuming or impaling its next meal–amphibians, insects, lizards, small mammals, small birds.

But it’s part of the food chain.  And that’s how it obtains it’s food.

Loggerhead Shrikes, like many birds, have become endangered as their North American habitats shrink or are destroyed.  Climate change and pesticides have also caused populations to decline.

How did I post this?  Several people suggested going into the WP Administration page where you can do a normal post without dealing with the blocks.  I looked at the block again briefly, but without success.

Still in the midst of moving, but should be back posting (as long as I can do it this way) in a couple weeks.

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21 responses to “Loggerhead Shrike: Draw a Bird Day”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    Lovely drawings, and thanks for the information about the loggerhead shrike. Good luck with the move!

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  2. judeitakali says :

    I saw a documentary, my heart went out to the prey that sometimes takes a while to die

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  3. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Wow, that’s a bird I did not know about. The bit on humans- I knew that.
    Also sad was how you are having to do clever tricks to manage to post with WP. I’ve been struggling since they “improved” something that nobody wanted “fixed”.
    Good luck with moving!

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  4. Beck says :

    Lovely watercolors!

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  5. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe, so good to see you and your work again. When I think of how tough things are, I’ll remember I’m not a shrike. What a way to have to survive. I like your comparison between them and what us humans do and can’t disagree.

    Glad you found a workaround. I’ve been posting in a mish-mash which isn’t conducive to the free flow of creativity by any means. Hoping it gets better with time. Also hoping your move goes well. See you again soon, I hope.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Jade. I agree about the shrike. We have it easy. And still we self-destruct.

      I was trying to post my response to your dVerse prompt when I gave up in frustration, but I promise to revisit it and post it once I move and get my computer reassembled. I may try to post something for 9/11 later this week, but after that I have to pack everything up that’s not yet packed. I hope I have enough boxes!

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  6. robertawrites235681907 says :

    What a lovely post, Kerfe. I was very interested in the information you shared about this bird. Humans really have caused so much damage to the natural world. All the best with your move.

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  7. Claudia McGill says :

    I like the impaling idea (I know it’s weird but I just do). Somehow it seems straightforward to me. Glad moving is… moving along. And crossed fingers for the boxes.

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  8. kiddlescarol says :

    Gahhh, this is the bird nightmares are made of! Nice rendering though. Good luck moving!

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  9. memadtwo says :

    Nice work! Never heard of this bird before. N.

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  10. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    There’s a science fiction series by Dan Simmons (also a horror writer) called Hyperion which has a memorable Deus ex Machina called the Shrike — that was the first time I was inspired to research this bird. I continue to be amazed by its evolution… Love the detail on the raptoresque beak!

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  11. navasolanature says :

    Wonderful drawings! What a bird!

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