Reading through “Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada” I came up on this:
“Loggerhead shrikes have a unique use for cactus spines: they employ them as lethal weapons. These so-called “butcher birds: catch large insects, small birds, and lizards and impale them on a nearby thorn, cactus spine, or Joshua tree leaf, returning later to feed.”
Had you heard about this? Just look at this sweet little bird… It hardly looks capable of such atrocities. (photo from Wikipedia)
Why, you might wonder, was I reading about the Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada? Well because I read anything I can find about these plants…and we’re planning a trip! This fall we’ll be making the colossal road trip from Oregon to New Mexico and Arizona to visit family. Stopping along the way to see the sights and of course this will include anything related to my favorite plants. So if you know of any must sees (nurseries, gardens) in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona I would love to hear about them! Our specific route is still in the planning stages so it can be planned to take in all the best sites!