Loggerhead Shrike, Bear River, Utah

Happy Hallowe’en


WC wishes his readers a Happy Hallowe’en. In keeping with the season, WC offers a slightly spooky critter considerably less scary than Rep. Lamar Smith or Dr. Ben Carson. Let’s talk about the Butcher Bird. The Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor, which means “butcher watchman,” an appropriate name for this alert, efficient and somewhat gruesome predator. It’s a…