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Feb 25

Climate change, increasing temperatures alter bird migration patterns -

birddiva:

YOUR eBird data being put to good use!

Jan 31

The Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) is a species in the finch family. It breeds somewhat further south than the Arctic Redpoll, also in habitats with thickets or shrubs.  These birds are remarkably resistant to cold temperatures[1] and winter movements are mainly driven by the availability of food.

The Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) is a species in the finch family. It breeds somewhat further south than the Arctic Redpoll, also in habitats with thickets or shrubs.  These birds are remarkably resistant to cold temperatures[1] and winter movements are mainly driven by the availability of food.

(Source: Flickr / dialbforbirder)

Nov 20

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)

(Source: Flickr / dialbforbirder)

Oct 23

Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owls

Oct 16

birdsandbeans:

Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotilta varia) singing. Right now, Black-and-White Warblers are migrating from their summer breeding grounds in forests across the eastern United States and Canada to their wintering habitat in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Gulf coast of the US. Increasingly, Black-and-White Warblers are finding their wintering habitat destroyed to make room for unsustainable agricultural development. Much of this destruction is to make room for “sun-grown” coffee. By simply switching from clear-cut sun-grown coffee to shade-grown Bird-Friendly® coffee, you can make a difference and help provide wintering habitat for migratory songbirds, so that Black-and-White Warbler will return every spring to sing their hearts out for generations to come. 
fat-birds:

Black-and-white Warbler by www.studebakerbirds.com on Flickr.

birdsandbeans:

Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotilta varia) singing. Right now, Black-and-White Warblers are migrating from their summer breeding grounds in forests across the eastern United States and Canada to their wintering habitat in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Gulf coast of the US. Increasingly, Black-and-White Warblers are finding their wintering habitat destroyed to make room for unsustainable agricultural development. Much of this destruction is to make room for “sun-grown” coffee. By simply switching from clear-cut sun-grown coffee to shade-grown Bird-Friendly® coffee, you can make a difference and help provide wintering habitat for migratory songbirds, so that Black-and-White Warbler will return every spring to sing their hearts out for generations to come. 

fat-birds:

Black-and-white Warbler by www.studebakerbirds.com on Flickr.

(Source: fat-birds, via xaerithsgardenx)

Oct 12

Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow

(Source: Flickr / dialbforbirder)

Sep 29

Aug 23

From wikipedia:
The Upland Sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda, is a large shorebird, closely related to the curlews.  The adult is 28–32 cm long with a 50–55 cm wingspan. It has long yellow legs and a long neck and tail. The head and neck are light with brown streaks. The back and upper wings are a darker mottled brown and the belly is white.  The breeding habitat is open grasslands and fields across central North America and Alaska; it is not associated with water like other sandpipers. It is a long-distance migrant and winters in South America.

From wikipedia:

The Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda, is a large shorebird, closely related to the curlews.  The adult is 28–32 cm long with a 50–55 cm wingspan. It has long yellow legs and a long neck and tail. The head and neck are light with brown streaks. The back and upper wings are a darker mottled brown and the belly is white.  The breeding habitat is open grasslands and fields across central North America and Alaska; it is not associated with water like other sandpipers. It is a long-distance migrant and winters in South America.

Aug 15

Piping Plover (from wikipedia)

The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small sand-colored, sparrow-sized shorebird that nests and feeds along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North America. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the neck.  Total population is currently estimated at about 6,410 individuals.  Their breeding habitat includes beaches or sand flats on the Atlantic coast, the shores of the Great Lakes, and in the mid-west of Canada and the United States. They nest on sandy or gravel beaches or shoals. These shorebirds forage for food on beaches, usually by sight, moving across the beaches in short bursts. Generally, Piping Plovers will forage for food around the high tide wrack zone and along the waters edge. They mainly eat insects, marine worms, and crustaceans. 

Piping Plover (from wikipedia)

The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small sand-colored, sparrow-sized shorebird that nests and feeds along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North America. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the neck.  Total population is currently estimated at about 6,410 individuals.  Their breeding habitat includes beaches or sand flats on the Atlantic coast, the shores of the Great Lakes, and in the mid-west of Canada and the United States. They nest on sandy or gravel beaches or shoals. These shorebirds forage for food on beaches, usually by sight, moving across the beaches in short bursts. Generally, Piping Plovers will forage for food around the high tide wrack zone and along the waters edge. They mainly eat insectsmarine worms, and crustaceans. 

Aug 05

Marsh Wren
 
From Wikipedia: The Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) is a small North American songbird of the wren family.  Adults have brown upperparts with a light brown belly and flanks and a white throat and breast. The back is black with white stripes. They have a dark cap with a white line over the eyes and a short thin bill.  The male’s song is a loud gurgle used to declare ownership of territory; western males have a more varied repertoire.  Their breeding habitat is marshes with tall vegetation such as cattails across North America. In the western United States, some birds are permanent residents. Other birds migrate to marshes and salt marshes in the southern United States and Mexico.  These birds forage actively in vegetation, sometimes flying up to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects, also spiders and snails.

Marsh Wren

 

From Wikipedia: The Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) is a small North American songbird of the wren family.  Adults have brown upperparts with a light brown belly and flanks and a white throat and breast. The back is black with white stripes. They have a dark cap with a white line over the eyes and a short thin bill.  The male’s song is a loud gurgle used to declare ownership of territory; western males have a more varied repertoire.  Their breeding habitat is marshes with tall vegetation such as cattails across North America. In the western United States, some birds are permanent residents. Other birds migrate to marshes and salt marshes in the southern United States and Mexico.  These birds forage actively in vegetation, sometimes flying up to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects, also spiders and snails.