Wednesday, October 15, 2008

They're Back!

They're back! Those deadly little masked demons. They are a predator like no other! They hide in the bushes as they wait for their unsuspecting prey and then they savagely attack their victims severing their spinal cords! Then they impale them on thorny cactus or barb wire, only to return later and feast on the remains at their liesure. If their prey is very fast and very lucky they might escape the slow death that awaits them.

Those deadly little demons are Shrikes. Their arrival in my part of the country usally indicates winter is fast approaching. That means it's time to chop a little firewood and usually someone needs help. Bartering opportunities will start to show up real soon. With cash being tight for everyone, who knows what I can manage in trade for a little "sweat equity".

You can read more about these deadly little predators here:


Staying above the water line!



scoutinlife said...

Interesting post on the Shrikes never heard of them before..Hey thanks I learned something today river! Good luck gathering the firewood!

Bitmap said...

I think these are what my dad calls a "butcher bird" because they hang their meat up like a butcher.

riverwalker said...

To: scoutinlife

They used to be pretty common up North - not so much anymore. They're Federally protected species. They show up around here for a while on their way South to Mexico - don't stay long around here as it gets too cold for their liking. Probably be cuttin' some firewood on Friday!


riverwalker said...

To: bitmap

Your Dad's right! The older folks like me know them as butcher birds.


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