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Avian Behavior

Posted: Saturday, April 9th, 2016 @ 6:33 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Avian Behavior

What is bird-watching? If we limit our definition to the identification of new birds in order to lengthen one’s “life list,” birders who cannot afford to travel ’round the world chasing different species would soon check themselves right out of the sport. After you reach the point where nothing but rarities interests you, what’s left? […]

Cranes Congregating Along The Platte

Posted: Sunday, March 13th, 2016 @ 1:43 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Cranes Congregating Along The Platte

The earliest birds arrive while winter reigns along the Platte River in central Nebraska. Leaving their wintering grounds in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, most of the world’s population of lesser sandhill cranes follow an hourglass-shaped migration route that reaches its narrowest point where it crosses the Platte. Here the birds pause for almost […]

Rattles From The Sky

Posted: Saturday, February 27th, 2016 @ 7:56 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Rattles From The Sky

Voices clatter overhead like rattling bones in an old calypso song. We’re lucky enough to share the neighborhood with ravens, and they attract our attention every time they pass by. This pair seems determined to prove the suitability of their name, Corvus corax (from the German word for croaker.) The most common call we hear […]

Nature’s Cleanup Crew

Posted: Monday, August 17th, 2015 @ 7:18 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Nature’s Cleanup Crew

The beauty of it sailing, not flapping, o’er the sky, The wonder of it perched, wings spread, hung out to dry. The strangeness of its habits, no meat too ripe to eat, The wrinkles on its naked head, the weakness of its feet. No matter which it is, adolescent or adult, sir, It’s a marvel […]

Duck of Many Colors

Posted: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 @ 1:02 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Duck of Many Colors

Birds tend to be found in predictable locations, and as experienced birdwatchers that’s where we usually look for them. Hawks soar on thermals, so we search high in the sky. Shorebirds prefer the water’s edge, and we usually look for them next to the ocean. And ducks congregate in clusters on lakes and ponds. But […]

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