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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wild Turkey by Francisco Corral

Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey is a large plump bird that you can spot roosting in trees often with a group of other wild turkeys and or you may find them along the road and on open fields scavenging for berries, nuts, insects, and snails. The latin name for this bird is Meleagris gallopavo which means large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food. These birds have small heads with long slim necks , the head color may vary from red to blue to gray. In order to impress a female these birds puff up their body feathers, flare their tails into a vertical fan, and strut slowly while giving a characteristic gobbling call. And just like humans they talk to communicate (28 different calls). These birds are not migratory so they usually don't move location, actually they may only move a mile or two a day in order to find food. Wild Turkeys live in mature forests, particularly nut trees such as oak, hickory, or beech, interspersed with edges and fieldsYou may also see them along roads and woodsy backyards. An average adult turkey diet is made up of 85 percent vegetable matter and 15 percent animal matter. They are of a least concern status.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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The Ruby Throated Hummingbird's Latin name is Archilochus colubris. Archilochus means first in importance. There is no translation for colubris. This type of hummingbird has bright emerald or golden-green coloring on its back and crown. Its underparts are gray and white. The name "Ruby Throated" refers to the red throat found only on males. The birds are small with a short wing-span and have a down-curved bill. While in flight, they can hover, fly straight, stop instantly, and adjust their position up and down. Other behavior includes defending bird feeders and plucking insects out of spiderwebs. The wing of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird beats 53 times per second. They have adapted to humans with nests made of wire, chains, and extension cords. Their nests are 10-40 feet above the ground. When mating, females watch while males show off their flying abilities. The males fly 15m in the air and do a U-shaped pattern or turn. Click here to listen to the sounds of these birds. The habitats in which these birds can be found include open woodlands, forest edges, meadows, grasslands, parks, gardens, and backyards. They eat insects like mosquitoes, gnats, fruit flies, small bees, and sometimes spiders after they've plucked insects out of the spiders' webs. They also eat seeds and the nectar of red or orange tubular flowers such as the trumpet creeper, cardinal flower, honeysuckle, jewelweed, bee-balm, red buckeye and red morning glory, and tree sap. Their population status is "Least Concern." Their migratory pattern includes the eastern and midwestern part of North America and southern parts of Canada during summer, which is their breeding season. They migrate south into Central America during winter. The following map depicts the path of their migration:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Range Map

Friday, August 25, 2017


Turkey vultures are large dark birds with long, broad wings. Bigger than other raptors except eagles and condors. When soaring, Turkey Vultures hold their wings slightly raised, making a " V " when seen head- on. Turkey Vultures appear black from a distance but up closes are dark brown with featherless red head and a pale bill.Turkey Vultures are majestic but unsteady soarers. Their teetering flight with very few wing beats is characteristic. They glide relatively low to the ground, sniffing for carrion. They may soar in small groups and roost in larger numbers. Turkey Vultures as they cruise open areas including mixed farmland, forest, rangeland, roadsides and at landfills. At night, they roost in trees, on rocks, and other high secluded spots. Turkey Vulture is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. These birds were threatened by side-effects of the pesticide DDT, but today they are among the most common large carnivorous birds in North America. The main concern is lead shot that ends up in carcasses or gut piles left by hunters. The animals eat the shot and eventually suffer lead poisoning. Far from it, vultures actually reduce the spread of disease.
  • These birds were threatened by side-effects of the pesticide DDT, but today they are among the most common large carnivorous birds in North America.
  • The main concern is lead shot that ends up in carcasses or gut piles left by hunters. The animals eat the shot and eventually suffer lead poisoning.
  • Far from it, vultures actually reduce the spread of disease.
  • Turkey Vulture is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.
  • These birds were threatened by side-effects of the pesticide DDT, but today they are among the most common large carnivorous birds in North America.
  • The main concern is lead shot that ends up in carcasses or gut piles left by hunters. The animals eat the shot and eventually suffer lead poisoning.
  • Far from it, vultures actually reduce the spread of disease.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

House Finch

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My bird de jour was on the House Finch. It's latin name is "Haemorhous mexicanus" meaning from Mexico. Adult males are rosy red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail. Adult females are plain grayish-brown with thick, blurry streaks and a marked face. House Finches have flat heads and long beaks. They are usually perched high in trees or eating at bird feeders. The House Finch preferred food is seeds. They live on the east and west coast of America. You can probably find them anywhere in those areas. They don't migrate and they are least concerned.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Northern Cardinal


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The Northern Cardinal also known as Cardinalis cardinalis is a fairly large, long tailed, songbird. It tends to sit on branches near the ground and could be found in Backyards or Parks. They commonly eat fruits and seeds but also beetles, crickets and other small insects.They are very common and could be found in the eastern part of America.
The mourning dove (latin- Zenaida macroura) is a plumped body, long tailed, short legged, small headed, light brown dove that can be found anywhere except deep woods. They mate by flying in circles until it spots a female im which then they descend and approach them with a puffed out breast, bobbing head and loud calls.Their wings make a whistling noise when taking off and landing, they are one of the few birds on this planet that drink water by suction. Their favorite food is any type of seed and they are one of the most hunted birds both for sport and food. They usually migrate north in the spring and south in the fall, they migrate during the day in flocks at low altitudes. Their status is least concerned since they are all over the place in abundance.

The American Crow are shiny, black birds with strong stout bills. They are 17 to 21 inches in length and fan shaped tails and both female and male have similar appearances. They are very intelligent and very social and great problem solvers. They are also good learners and inquisitive but sometimes mischievous. Most of the Crows breed in Canada in the winter in the United States, usually no crows regularly in winter in Mexico. The American Crow can be found in forests, open woodlands, fields, lawns, parking lots, athletic fields, roadsides, towns and city garbage dumps and they also thrive around people. The American Crow is least concerned. The American Crow eat a vast array of foods such as grains, seeds, nuts, berries, fruits and many kind of small animals such as earthworms and mice. They eat insects as well such as crop pests, they also eat aquatic animals such as fish, young turtle, crayfish, mussels and claims. The American Crow also eats the eggs and nestlings of many birds such as sparrows, robins, jays, terns, loons, and eiders. Image result for the american crow