We love watching the Loggerhead Shrikes and checking the sharp prickly branches they perch on, as that is where the Shrikes often impale their prey, left to dry out, and be consumed later! Their nickname is “Butcher Bird“, as I described in a previous post!My husband caught sight of one of the Loggerhead Shrikes arguing with a Red-bellied Woodpecker over a treetop, in what appeared to be a territorial dispute.
The Woodpecker ‘held his ground’ on the tree with great determination.
– even as the Shrike began dive-bombing him quite aggressively!Only after the Woodpecker finally succeeded in chasing off the Shrike, did we discover the rest of the story!!Upon closer examination of the area, we realized we could hear the loud chirping of hungry baby Red-bellied Woodpeckers in a nearby nesting box !
Sure enough, we hadn’t witnessed merely a battle over territory, after all. . . . Our Woodpecker friend was desperately trying to protect his chicks from being lunch for the Shrike!!