It's always exciting for me when I'm out walking and see a bird that is new to me. This morning I was fortunate enough to get my first view of a Loggerhead Shrike. It wouldn't let me get too close and kept moving about as I followed behind with my camera. But now that I know where I've seen it, I hope to get more shots in the future. From Wikipedia:
The Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is a passerinebird. It is the only member of the shrike family endemic to North America; the related Northern Shrike (L. excubitor) occurs north of its range but also in the Palearctic.
The bird has a large hooked bill; the head and back are grey and the underparts white. The wings and tail are black, with white patches on the wings and white on the outer tail feather. The black face mask extends over the bill, unlike that of the similar but slightly larger Northern Shrike.
The bird breeds in semi-open areas in southern Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, south to Mexico. It nests in dense trees and shrubs. The female lays 4 to 8 eggs in a bulky cup made of twigs and grass. There is an increase in average clutch size as latitude increases.
The shrike is a permanent resident in the southern part of the range; northern birds migrate further south.
The bird waits on a perch with open lines of sight and swoops down to capture prey. Its food is large insects and lizards . Known in many parts as the "Butcher Bird," it impales its prey on thorns or barbed wire before eating it, because it does not have the talons of the larger birds of prey.
The population of this species has declined in the northeastern parts of its range, possibly due to loss of suitable habitat and pesticide use.
"Loggerhead" refers to the relatively large head as compared to the rest of the body.
Here are links to the full Wikipedia article as well as a couple of other sources of information: