Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson
 
A mystery bird showed up last week. I thought I knew what it was….a loggerheaded shrike or butcher bird. I hadn't seen one in over 10 years and seems like I'd heard somewhere that they were getting scarce. Shrikes are one of my favorite birds because they are fierce little hunters and hang their kills (lizards, mice, hummingbirds) on cactus thorns and barbed wire.
 
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