Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shrike Tuck

Last year, on our annual Thanksgiving weekend trek across the San Rafael Valley and parts surrounding, My good friends Homer, Jen and I came across a fence full of assorted grasshoppers, beetles, and lizards impaled and left to dry by a local loggerhead shrike. I believe we counted over thirty individual kills. It was a sight to behold. I think Homer and I got more photos of shrike food on that stretch than we did of birds for the entire trip. What better way to spend the day? To top things off, we even met up with my other good friend Glen, his wife and partner in exploration Linda and their faithful terrier Winston on our way over Canelo Pass. The trips over the pass have been some of my favorites. And friends with which to share such experiences are invaluable. Thanks guys, for making that day special. Now get your butts up to northern AZ so we can do it some more!

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