The Impaler

Logger Head Shrikes are rarely seen in Ventura County these days. Due to habitat loss and fragmentation from development theses little ferocious birds are going the way of the dodo in parts of California. Today was my first confirmed sighting. Shrikes are Impalers, in that they impale their prey to branches, barbwire, etc and then start to feed.

Birds pictured:
Logger Head Shrike 
Northern Harrier
Greater Roadrunner

Observed but Not Pictured:
Says Phoebe
Black Phoebe
American Kestrel
White Tailed Kite
Red Shouldered Hawk

Rancho Sierra Vista November 2011