Bay Village, there is a butcher among you. This butcher can be found waiting and watching on the powerlines along Little Elk Road at the Weaver Road intersection. Like other butchers, the Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is a helpful friend to the local farmers. Shrikes eat insects, lizards, and mice. One of the many nicknames or common names of this bird is "mouse hawk". (source) In the wintertime, when insects are scarce, it is reported that they feed almost exclusively on mice. In one antidote that I found in a book from 1901- the author reported that " the Southern Planter will tell you in his fields the shrikes kill mice like cats". (source) Their sharp, hooked beak is perfect for ripping the mice into pieces to be eaten.
But perhaps the real reason that the Loggerhead Shrike is known as the Butcherbird is that, like a butcher hanging up meat, it has the habit of impaling it victims on large thorns or along a barbed wire fence. Often times it comes back to collect and eat its victims, but sometimes it doesn't. It leaves the carcasses hanging, wasting away. Nature is cool- but sometimes not neat and orderly.
Ornithologists believe that the Loggerhead Shrike uses thorns and barbed wire fences for more than a storage option. It is believed that Loggerhead Shrikes also use the thorns and barbs (as well as forked branches) to help hold their victims so that they can eat them. Although Loggerhead Shrikes have strong, raptor like bills, their legs are very weak and can't be used for subduing or holding a struggling victim. So they improvise and use tools.
At first glance, the Loggerhead Shrike is easy to confuse with a Northern Mockingbird, so much so that it is also referred to as the "French Mockingbird". Visually, the Loggerhead Shrike differs from the Northern Mockingbird by having a black band across its eyes and its beak is much more thick and curved than the bill of the Northern Mockingbird. Even without getting near enough to see the detail of either bird, they are easily distinguished by either their song or their flight. The Mockingbird flies in a swimming fashion- up and down; whereas the Loggerhead Shrike flies in a straight line; not dipping up and down in altitude like the Mockingbird. Note, the Loggerhead Shrikes "song" is an important component of its name. It is reported that the word "shrike" has the same root as "shriek." The word Loggerhead is thought to refer to the large head of the Loggerhead Shrike which is much larger in proportion to its body as compared with other birds. (source)
The meanings of the Loggerhead Shrike's scientific name:
Lanius - butcher
ludovicianus - Louisiana
Birds of Village and Field A Bird Book for Beginners By Florence Merriam Bailey