I’ve always found shrikes to be fascinating birds. Even though they aren’t a raptor, they still catch and eat other birds as well as small rodents, lizards, and a number of other prey items. It always seems strange tome to see a shrike going after that type of prey.
In the US, there are two regularly occurring shrike species, Loggerhead and Northern. They look quite similar and many birds have trouble determining which shrike they are actually seeing. Here are a few tips to help you with shrike identification.
Loggerhead Shrikes are extremely common throughout much of their range especially in the south (click here for an eBird Map). In areas that have high concentrations of this species, such as Florida, you will commonly see Loggerhead Shrikes perched on fence posts, power lines, or any other perching spot as you drive along.
As the name would indicate, this shrike occurs farther north than the Loggerhead Shrike although their ranges do overlap. As you can see from eBird reports, this species not only occurs in North America but in Europe as well.