Loggerhead Shrike perched on Moth Mullein

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I’ve been seeing more and more Loggerhead Shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) pairing up the past week or so which means it won’t be long before they are on their nests.

Loggerhead Shrike perche on a Moth MulleinLoggerhead Shrike perched on Moth Mullein – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

When I photographed this Loggerhead Shrike perched on the dried Moth Mullein (Verbascum blattaria) stalk there was another Shrike perched about 20 to 25 feet away. I’ve noticed a pair of the birds there for about two weeks now. Hopefully they will build their nest in this location and I will be able to photograph their young.



  1. Julie Brown April 3, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Nice natural perch, and a wonderful background!

  2. Sheila Atwood April 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Nice shot!

    I hope you get to see the nest and babies…that would mean we would get to see them too.

    It has been awhile since we have seen Shrike in our neck of the woods.

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Shiela, they are beautiful subjects.

  3. Tammy Karr April 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Great photo Mia! It would be wonderful to see their young!

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you Tammy. Their young are fun to photograph.

  4. Scott Simmons April 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Fantastic image. This may be my all-time favorite bird.

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Scott, they are great birds and they look so dapper in their soft gray with the black mask. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Susan April 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Great photo Mia, I hope you get to see and photograph the nesting and young:)

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you Susan, their young are rather noisy and that can make them easy to find.

  6. Prairie Birder April 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Super photo Mia, it would be very neat if they started nesting!

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks PrairieBirder, They are neat to watch when they are nesting, they like to use Bison fur to line their nests!

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