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(National Audubon Society)   Loggerhead shrikes are Vlad the Impalers of the avian world   (audubon.org) divider line
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2020-05-29 3:20:09 PM  
Suddenly, this comic character's names makes a lot more sense:

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2020-05-29 4:04:34 PM  
Were it not for Dan Simmons I'd have no idea this little nightmare machines exist.
 
2020-05-29 4:05:26 PM  
I have a friend that had a robins nest just outside her window. You could observe the eggs in the nest and watch them hatch.The mother robin would swoop in and feed the baby robins

It was magical

Then a Stellar's Jay swooped in and plucked the baby robins and ate them in about 30 seconds

ISN'T NATURE WONDERFUL!
 
2020-05-29 4:40:13 PM  

capt.snicklefritz: Were it not for Dan Simmons I'd have no idea this little nightmare machines exist.


Well, so much for me wanting to make a Hyperion Cantos reference.
 
2020-05-29 4:44:02 PM  
Well I have new respect for those little birds now.

I think they've earned the right to stand with this guy:

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2020-05-29 5:04:21 PM  
My daughter's squadron in the Navy was called The Shrikes.
I knew she was a badass, but didn't realize it was such a high level of badass.
 
2020-05-29 6:06:50 PM  
Not everything the shrikes skewer gets eaten. Early in the breeding season, which kicks off in April, Hopper and Leatherman photographed a suite of impaled prey that remained affixed on fence barbs and unconsumed for weeks-a display designed to seduce females and mark the male's territory, says Chabot.

So, showing off the bodies of your enemies impaled on pikes is one way to get a date, then?  Apparently I've been doing it wrong.
 
Juc
2020-05-29 6:16:10 PM  

Circusdog320: I have a friend that had a robins nest just outside her window. You could observe the eggs in the nest and watch them hatch.The mother robin would swoop in and feed the baby robins

It was magical

Then a Stellar's Jay swooped in and plucked the baby robins and ate them in about 30 seconds

ISN'T NATURE WONDERFUL!


Stellar's Jays are pretty at least, so hey, there's that.

Nature's got more beauty in it than all the paintings in the world, and more cruelty than the worst regime.
It's awesome and awful and everything in between.

I'm glad I have a house so I can separate myself from nature at will though, it's nice to visit but I don't want to get stuck in it.

/lived for years in the forest
//dad was a park ranger
///bears are always after picinic baskets, but honestly the moose are more trouble and far crazier.
 
2020-05-29 6:43:22 PM  
Birds are some of the most savage animals on the planet
 
2020-05-29 6:44:00 PM  

JerkStore: Well I have new respect for those little birds now.I think they've earned the right to stand with this
guy:

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This macabre behavior, which is not a Game of Thrones-esque warning to other birds but a form of food storage, led Wired to declare the Loggerhead Shrike "by far the most metal of birds." The editorial staff of Audubon are inclined to agree.

Lovely understatement.
 
2020-05-29 6:51:07 PM  
Rachel Hopper was driving through Colorado's Pawnee National Grassland in 2016 when she spotted an insect impeccably impaled on a barbed-wire fence.

She must have some pretty damn good eyes.
 
2020-05-29 7:01:51 PM  
Needs video.
 
2020-05-29 7:44:37 PM  
This is nothing, I drove past a farm SE of Coweta, OK last year and the homeowner had decided that the best way to make sure Coyotes stopped coming to his property were to kill them and hang them by their legs along the fence posts.   Some fence post only had feet left.

I'd post a pic, but I'd have to turn my FB account back on to get the pic.
 
2020-05-29 7:59:06 PM  

Juc: Circusdog320: I have a friend that had a robins nest just outside her window. You could observe the eggs in the nest and watch them hatch.The mother robin would swoop in and feed the baby robins

It was magical

Then a Stellar's Jay swooped in and plucked the baby robins and ate them in about 30 seconds

ISN'T NATURE WONDERFUL!

Stellar's Jays are pretty at least, so hey, there's that.

Nature's got more beauty in it than all the paintings in the world, and more cruelty than the worst regime.
It's awesome and awful and everything in between.

I'm glad I have a house so I can separate myself from nature at will though, it's nice to visit but I don't want to get stuck in it.

/lived for years in the forest
//dad was a park ranger
///bears are always after picinic baskets, but honestly the moose are more trouble and far crazier.


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Yep, they're the surly obnoxious teenagers of the bird world. Fun to photograph too.
 
2020-05-30 3:36:20 AM  
In South Africa shrikes do the same, and are commonly called Jack the Hangman

/now you know
 
2020-05-30 6:58:03 AM  

JolobinSmokin: This is nothing, I drove past a farm SE of Coweta, OK last year and the homeowner had decided that the best way to make sure Coyotes stopped coming to his property were to kill them and hang them by their legs along the fence posts.   Some fence post only had feet left.

I'd post a pic, but I'd have to turn my FB account back on to get the pic.


Yes, this is an old practice. Growing up in New Mexico, I remember my grandparents pointing out similar scenes to me in the early 80s.
 
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