Loggerhead Shrike -- Calling and Singing!
- 10 April 2009, Fri -- The Loggerhead Shrike was still present despite 4 deer and 12 ravens
in the yard, plus a brisk wind blowing. It was at the top of a scrubby, shore pine next to the
boundary fence. I managed to get quite close, standing next to a thorny shrub. The shrike
began to give its buzzy, short call 8+ times. It was silent for a minute, then it gave a one-note
call, metallic and clear like a Cal Towhee. After 6 to 8 of the one-note call, it waited about
30 seconds, then began a two-note "song." The quality was similar to the one-note call, but
with two notes together followed by a short pause. (I have heard the buzzy call many times
but not the song).
Note: The reason one must look for the shrike from the botanical gardens is that small
neighborhood has a locked gate to a private road, thus preventing entrance. The gardens
has a small entrance fee if you are not a member. It is located on the west side of Hwy 1
in S Fort Bragg, south of Hwy 20.
Karen A Havlena
Fort Bragg, CA
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