Date: 9/12/17 1:33 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Loggerhead Shrike back along Mid-Pines Rd., south of Raleigh
Loggerhead Shrikes nested at the N.C. State U. farm fields up until a year or two ago, but not this year. The last report along this road appears to have been on March 24 of this year, on eBird; and the last along nearby Inwood Road was April 29 of this year. One did overwinter along Inwood Road.
So, this afternoon I was glad to see one, an apparent adult, along Mid-Pines just east of the creek that flows into Yates Pond. I will assume it must have bred somewhere fairly close by -- it seems a bit early for a true migrant, but tons of people bird this general area each week, and the species seemed to have disappeared this summer.
I do see a shrike now and then in SE and E Wake County in recent years, and I suspect a few still breed in these more rural parts of the county. But, shrikes have almost disappeared as breeders in the Triangle now, despite some good habitat in some places.