Thursday, December 12, 2013


I ventured out into the garden today for the first time in over 2 weeks. Thanksgiving followed immediately by an injury to my foot, which is very slow to heal, has kept me indoors. Yesterday I got good news from the Orthopedic surgeon. As long as I can find a comfortable shoe to wear I can walk on the foot. UGGs are my friend. I ventured out into the garden today and this is what I found.

Do you know what I think when I see this? Loggerhead shrike, Lanius ludovicianus. That innocent looking but cruel butcher bird who impales his prey on barbed wire and branches.
 But on closer inspection I decided that this was just an unfortunate accident. He leg was impaled by the growing spike of this agave. What was he doing? Jumping from one agave leaf to another? I know its a favorite hang out of anoles. Was he being chased by our resident roadrunner? I'll never know. So sad.