Bay Nature magazineJanuary-March 2010


Naturalist’s Notebook: A Small Bird That Acts Big

January 1, 2010

This little songbird is meaner than most. Loggerhead shrikes eat mostly grasshoppers and other insects in summer, but in winter they go after larger prey, including other birds. They lack the sharp talons of raptors, so they use thorns or the barbs on barbed wire to finish the job.

About the Author

Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws is the author of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide. Learn more and find class schedules at