Since arriving in Grey-Bruce over a month ago, I’ve travelled all over the place searching for signs of eastern loggerhead shrike. The Grey-Bruce area has had only 0-2 confirmed pairs annually for the past 19 years…finding these birds might be a bit of a challenge! Never the less, the goal
It is hard to believe we have only known each other for one month, and that our loggerhead shrikes only arrived a week ago. Janet is our biologist, Alex is the field assistant – together they monitor the wild population. Ange and Chantal are the captive population technicians – they
The first eastern loggerhead shrike returned to Napanee by April 12, which is two weeks later than the average arrival date of March 30th. With more typical April weather continuing through the middle of the month, by April 20 seven birds had returned on four sites.
Kurt Hennige’s connection with shrikes began in Germany, where he grew up in the only area of central Europe where four species of this songbird are found. Even then, two of them were quite rare, and he regularly spotted dead shrikes by the side of the road as he cycled