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BIRD OF THE WEEK #6 - CLOSED
6 months ago

The previous thread, #5, got too full so here's thread #6 for us to post all of our beautiful bird pictures and information.

Here's the link to thread #5 for your perusal. So many interesting birds for you to look at and read about. Enjoy!


http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=7846&pst=1396516

Bird of the Week - 3/28/14
6 months ago
Silver-cheeked and Unique:
Santa Marta Brush-Finch

Santa Marta Brush-Finch by Jeff Maw bluebanner_santa_marta_brush_finch.jpg


The Santa Marta Brush-Finch is only found in the isolated Santa Marta mountain range of northern Colombia, the highest coastal mountain range in the world. This range, isolated from the Andes, is also one of the most endemic-rich regions of South America, with nearly 50 endemic bird species. Although smaller than the state of Connecticut, the Santa Marta range contains more than 630 resident bird speciesmore than the continental United States!

This brush-finch has a unique facial pattern, with an all-black head and contrasting silvery-grey cheek patch, set off by reddish eyes. They tend to forage at or below eye level, as is typical of brush-finches.

Although the Santa Marta Brush-Finch has a very small range, it is common within it. “These attractive brush-finches are actually quite common locally at the El Dorado Reserve, and can easily be seen feeding in open and brushy areas in the garden and along the road,” said Benjamin Skolnik, Conservation Projects Specialist at ABC.

Read more about this colorful mountaineer and efforts to protect its home >>

6 months ago

For those of you who haven't seen it, here's the last video post from thread #5.

Mr. Peabody takes a bath

 
6 months ago

Such a pretty little yellow breasted fellow - so alert!

Mr. Peabody looks like a baby owl to me and I couldn't help but think he was doing just what all babies like to do -- play in the bath/water! Ahhhh, he is just the cutest wee thing having such a good time. I loved watching this, Lynn. Thank you. Can't help but smile and laugh.

6 months ago

Lynn, thanks for the new thread, and all those wonderful birds.  Hope you don't mind me posting this here.  It is a link to a sampling of a bead and fabric artist's work who makes 3D broaches of birds.   Some people are so creative and her work in stunning.

http://beadsmagic.com/?p=6562

6 months ago

Wow Sue, those bird broaches are exquisite. I'm glad you posted the link for everyone to see these gorgeous original designs that look so real I expected them to chirp!

6 months ago

Video of the first pip in the Decorah Eagles nest.

video:
http://www.thedecoraheagles.com/



 



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6 months ago

The Decorah Eagles web cam streaming live....

6 months ago

A Care2 friend took this video this afternoon of a blue tit bathing. So sweet.

video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TqBqyNUHn0&feature=youtu.be

Bird of the Week - 4/4/14
6 months ago

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"Coffee Bird":
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The Ruby-throat weighs less than a nickel but, like other hummers including the Calliope and Mangrove, is a master of flight. Beating its wings 60 to 80 times a second, the bird creates a blur of motion and a whirring, insect-like sound. It’s easy to mistake one for a bee at first glance.

Many people are familiar with this bird, but fewer know that it migrates as far away as Central America, where it can be found overwintering on shade coffee farms. That’s another reason to drink shade-grown, organic, Bird Friendly® coffee!

The coffee connection >>

- Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Gary Kinard, Flickr

6 months ago

5 months ago

Wow Sue, those broaches are beautifully done! The creator obviously loves birds to be able to re-create them in this form.

Lynn, thanks for Decorah link. I will post this on the Decorah thread tomorrow. I missed this completely, as well as the first pip. That is always exciting to watch the hatches - and Mom and Dad's reactions.

Always love the little owls, especially the babes. So many comments could be put to those pics. That reminds me... haven't looked for owl nest babes this year. Will do.

Beautiful pics, Lynn. BUT... the last pic didn't come out... or at least I can't see it. Can you post it again?

It's that rebirth time of the year again. Don't ya just love it!

ss

5 months ago

The artist who created the broaches is so talented.  Keep going back to that link for inspiration when the creativity bug gets me.   Love your pic Cheryl, those two are so sweet.  Waiting in anticipation to see Lynn's pic of the painted lady.

5 months ago

Don't know why the picture of the painted lady didn't post. I'll have to go back and re-post it. So sorry!

Bird of the Week - 4/11/14
5 months ago

Fancy Flycatcher:
Streamer-tailed Tyrant


This large flycatcher is a resident of wet South American grasslands and is named for its long, deeply forked tail, which plays a role in courtship. A pair will perch facing each other, bobbing up and down and fanning their tails while calling continuously.

The Streamer-tailed Tyrant can be found at the Barba Azul Reserve in Bolivia, created by ABC and Asociación Armonia in 2008 to protect unique Beni savanna habitat and the critically endangered Blue-throated Macaw.

A distinct species? >>

Streamer-tailed Tyrant by Celi Aurora

5 months ago

Believe it or not, this is a woman in full body paint

Clue: Her left leg pointing down like a tail, right arm is braced on the stump, her other arm is folded over her head

The bird’s eye is in the center of her forehead

5 months ago

Wow Lynn, that painted lady is spectacular.  Tried to see her and couldn't until I read your explanation.  What an incredible work of art.

Bird of the Week - 4/18/14
5 months ago

Forest Jewel:
Black-throated Blue Warbler


The Black-throated Blue Warbler's species name is the Latin adjective caerulescens, which means "turning blue." The male is a lovely sight—a striking mix of black, blue, and white.


Unlike some wood warblers, such as Cerulean and Golden-winged, the Black-throated Blue's population is stable. ABC helps to keep it that way. Our International Reserve Network—now numbering more than 60&mdashrovides winter habitat. Efforts to reduce threats benefit this and many other warblers, which are often casualties of cats, collisions with windows, and wind turbines.

Mistaken identity? >>

Black-throated Blue Warbler by Jacob Spendelow

5 months ago

I love the perfectly preened feathers on the wings of that little Flycatcher.

OMGosh... that parrot-woman is incredible! That is absolutely a work of incredible art. It really took me a good minute to spot her. Without your explanation, Lynn, I would have just admired the beautiful parrot.

Little Forest Jewel suits her name!

Thanks for posting all these gorgeous birds. Can't imagine a world without them.

5 months ago

Cheryl and everyone else, you've got to see this amazing story. The rescue of a Golden Eagle in Maine. I was mesmerized by the story and the glorious photos.

http://www.avianhaven.org/ahslides_2014_04_golden_eagle.pdf

5 months ago

Lovely Golden Eagle story Lynn, so happy the bird was able to be saved and released back into the wild.  Pretty warbler too, we never see birds like that here.

5 months ago

Those are beautiful!  Thanks for sharing! 

Bird of the Week - 4/25/14
5 months ago

Central American Specialty:
Snowcap


The Snowcap is even smaller than the diminutive Ruby-throat: at 2.5 inches long, it weighs less than a penny and is easily mistaken for an insect. But what it lacks in size it makes up in looks. The male is a striking mix of colors, contrasting with a shining white cap that stands out in the dark forest.

Snowcaps occur over a wide area but are often difficult to find and may be declining, like the Mangrove Hummingbird, due to habitat loss.

The floral connection >>

Snowcap by Glenn Bartley

5 months ago

That's a beautiful hummer Lynn

Bird of the Week - 5-2-14
5 months ago

"Coffee Bird":
Western Tanager

It's an eye-catching mixture of red, yellow, and black. But the Western Tanager can be surprisingly inconspicuous during the breeding season, since it spends its time in the treetops.

This tanager breeds farther north than any other member of its mostly tropical family. In winter, though, it joins Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wood Thrush, and dozens of other migrants in Mexico and Central America, where shade coffee farms provide important habitat absent from the “sun” coffee farms that are rapidly replacing them.

The coffee connection >>

Western Tanager by Laura Mountainspring, Shutterstock

5 months ago

Love these colors - thank you all!

5 months ago

This is a very interesting story about a very "feisty" peregrine falcon. Please read.

Click here: http://www.avianhaven.org/ahs2011_feistys_story.pdf

Take Action....
4 months ago

Red Knots by Elliotte Rusty Harold, Shutterstock


The rufa Red Knot is one of the world's longest-distance migrants, traveling from Argentina to the Arctic and back yearly. But this remarkable bird is in big trouble. Its population has plummeted from 150,000 to about 30,000 in the past two decades.

Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FW has proposed listing the Red Knot under the Endangered Species Act, which would ensure more resources to protect these birds. We hope you’ll join us in expressing support of FWS’ efforts to protect the Red Knot from extinction.

American Bird Conservancy has long been fighting for the rufa Red Knot’s future. We helped the states of New Jersey and Delaware limit overharvesting of horseshoe crabs, which fuel the birds during their long migration. We helped restore Red Knot feeding beaches that were washed away by Hurricane Sandy.

Now you can help: Tell FWS that you support listing the Red Knot under the Endangered Species Act! FWS is taking public comments until May 19.

Take action!

4 months ago

If you've never heard the Kookaburra sing, this is your chance to listen to this very uplifting sound.

Click here: If you've never heard the Kookaburra bird before... [VIDEO]

4 months ago

Lynn I sure do remember that song and those videos are great.. I signed the petition but just so you know - all of your information pops up on it.

4 months ago

Val, thanks for letting me know about my information. I don't know why it sometimes does that. Private information should disappear before the next signer signs.

Beautiful hummingbird
4 months ago

Mangrove Hummingbird


Mangrove Hummingbird by Michael and Patricia Fogden

 

It is a bit weird to be standing in the ocean, with your back to the shore, and spot a hummingbird zipping by on the way to its nest – but that is often how you spot a Mangrove Hummingbird.

 

The Mangrove Hummingbird is unique to Costa Rica.  It forages at at the lower and middle levels of mangrove swamps and in adjacent vegetation along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, preferring to feed on the nectar of the tea mangrove. The destruction of mangroves for shrimp aquaculture, road construction, and beach and urban development is the biggest threat to this range-restricted bird.  Although logging mangroves is illegal in Costa Rica, the law is widely ignored, and the trees are often cut to make charcoal, further reducing habitat for the Mangrove Hummingbird and other vulnerable bird species.

 

ABC, partner Osa Conservation, and local tour operators have collaborated to study the distribution of the Mangrove Hummingbird and other threatened birds on the Osa Peninsula.  

 

Find out how ABC is helping the Mangrove Hummingbird and other bird species found on the Osa Peninsula!

Bird of the Week - 5-9-14
4 months ago

Gorgeous Grosbec:
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is strikingly beautiful. But it has a gruesome folk name: "cut-throat," owing to the scarlet swatch across its breast. The name "grosbeak" comes from the French term grosbec, meaning "large beak"—an obvious attribute of this bird and others in its family.

Migrants like this one need habitat on both breeding and wintering grounds. ABC and Fundación ProAves have established the Cerulean Warbler Conservation Corridor, which provides winter habitat for Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Cerulean and Golden-winged warblers; and resident birds like Gorgeted Wood-Quail.

Sings like a tipsy robin! Hear its song >>

Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Jayne Gulbrand, Shutterstock

Bird of the Week - 5-16-14
4 months ago

Colombian Cavity-Nester:
White-mantled Barbet

Barbets are related to toucans and woodpeckers (such as Kaempfer's Woodpecker). They all have "zygodactyl" feet, with two toes facing forward and two backward—an arrangement that helps tree-dwelling birds grasp branches. They play a key role in tropical forests by consuming and dispersing seeds of fruit trees.

Found only in Colombia, the White-mantled Barbet’s population is declining as a result of deforestation. It finds refuge in the Cerulean Warbler Conservation Corridor established by Fundación ProAves and ABC, a site that also provides winter habitat for Rose-breasted Grosbeak and other migrants.

Deep croak: Hear this bird's song >>

White-mantled Barbet by Joe Tobias

Bird of the Week - 5/23/14
4 months ago

Western Wind-Dancer:
Chestnut-collared Longspur

Longspurs are named for the long claw on the bird's hind toe. The Chestnut-collared Longspur is an iconic species of shortgrass prairie, once nesting at sites grazed by bison or disturbed by fire. Today, with most native habitat gone, it is often found in pastures and airstrips.

Declining migrants like this one need habitat on both breeding and wintering grounds. Our Mexican partner Pronatura Noreste has established the El Tokio Grassland Priority Conservation Area, providing winter habitat for this longspur as well as Long-billed Curlew and Mountain Plover.

Prairie Performer - listen to the song! >>

Chestnut-collared Longspur by Greg Lasley, VIREO
   
      
Bird of the Week - 5-30-14
4 months ago

Desert Beauty:
Varied Bunting

Like Painted Buntings, male Varied Buntings shine like jewels. The brilliant colors of Varied Buntings stand out in their arid habitat. But despite their striking appearance, this is an inconspicuous bird, often concealed in desert brush far from human habitation.

Most Varied Buntings occur in Mexico, barely making it into the United States along the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Like many other desert species, its life cycle is tied to rain: When summer rains are delayed, they may not nest until as late as August.

Hear Varied Bunting sing >>

Varied Bunting by Jacob Spendelow

4 months ago
You have until June 8th to fight for the sage-grouse. This beautiful and unique bird's fate is right around the corner as officials write up a plan determining its protections. More voices means more of a chance the sage-grouse has at surviving human impact.

The sage-grouse is known best for its lively mating dance, and calls sagebrush its home. Sagebrush grows along the gorgeous open spaces of the American west, but half of it has been damaged or destroyed. It will take President Barack Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the BLM, and Western state governors working together to ensure that the BLM's final plans provide real and effective protection. This is our chance to protect a species whose population has plummeted when we could have helped it flourish.

For today's Daily Action, will you urge President Obama and other decision-makers protect the sage-grouse before the June 8th deadline?
4 months ago

All caught up, loved the story of Feisty Lynn and the beautiful purple/pink/blue bird.

4 months ago

So glad you enjoyed Feisty and the Painted Bunting, Sue. It's amazing how in the bird species it's the male with the beautiful colors while the female is bland. Poor wittle female birdies.

Bird of the Week - 6/6/14
3 months ago

Coffee Bird:
Magnolia Warbler

Despite its name, this bird is rarely seen in a magnolia tree. Ornithologist Alexander Wilson, who named the bird in 1810, had collected a specimen from a magnolia in Mississippi. He used "Black-and-yellow Warbler" for the bird's English name and "magnolia" for the Latin species name, but "magnolia" was the name that stuck.

"Maggies" head south for the winter, where they can be found on shade coffee farms, which provide habitat absent from the sun coffee farms that are rapidly replacing them. One of those places is Gaia Estate in Nicaragua, where Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Western Tanager are also found.

Read more and hear the Magnolia's song >>

Magnolia Warbler by Jacob Spendelow

3 months ago

Lynn I like this thread, thanks for the information.

3 months ago

That bird is a little ray of sunshine Lynn, so beautiful.  We have a small bird here that has a yellow breast but I have no idea what it is called.  It never sits still for long and is always jumping around in my tree.  We only see them in summertime though.

3 months ago

Brenda, I'm so glad that you like this thread. I started it a couple of years ago and even though the previous threads might be closed, you can still look at them and see all of the beautiful birds with the information that goes with them... even their little bird calls.

Sue, you're lucky to be able to see that little yellow breasted bird, no matter what it's name is. I love to look at birds although we don't have many different species here in Miami. Our state bird is the Mockingbird and I see a lot of those. They're feisty little creatures and will fly down and hit you in the head if you're too close to the nest in the tree you're near. Then there's the white egrets, the pink flamingos and the hawks. I saw a blue bird a couple of times. Ducks and pigeons in abundance. So pretty.

3 months ago

Here is one I took this afternoon.....

3 months ago

And another.............

3 months ago

Final woodpecker video this is the male.......

3 months ago

Awww... I agree, Sue, that little yellow-breasted Warbler is a ray of sunshine. I can't imagine a world without birds. I am amazed at all the different birds on these threads I've never seen or heard of before.

Lynn, it sounds like you have some interesting birds... not a lot of us have flamingoes! I have this jaw-dropping pic of two flamingo parents with their baby and I will post it in a minute. I couldn't take my eyes off of it when I first saw it. Such a miracle each little bird is.

Lily, thanks so much for posting your videos! Wow... your yard is really set up beautifully to attract all sorts! I love the way they manoeuvre themselves around the food hanger, trying to get into the best position. I will look forward to seeing more!

We have a bird sanctuary about a 10 minute walk away - mostly ducks and geese, but we get a few different visitors once in awhile. A few American Coots seem to have taken out Canadian passports as they have decided to stay. Two duck families live out behind our place in the bushes by a small creek and we've grown very fond of them. We also have a few eagles as their nests aren't far away. So beautiful to watch them glide around. So.... here is that picture of the flamingoes.

xx

3 months ago

Lily love your videos.

Cheryl, Great Flamingo picture.

Thanks everybody for all of the pictures here.

3 months ago


Love these little birds and hearing their songs! 

3 months ago

Christian, how nice to see you back here. It's been a long time since you've given us the pleasure of your post. Thanks for liking the birds! Be sure to come back in and either/or post/comment.

Here's a little video called "Splish-Splash"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBkpVfU_2dk#t=18



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3 months ago

This is extremely interesting about how Avian Haven saves all kinds of birds who are injured.

Click here: http://www.avianhaven.org/ahslides_2014_06_featured_cases_winter_spring_2013-14.pdf

3 months ago

Lynn what a wonderful place Avian Haven is, thanks for the article.

Bird of the Week - 6/21/14
3 months ago

Southwestern Night Sprite:
Elf Owl

The 1.4-ounce Elf Owl is the smallest in North America: about the size of a sparrow and just as small as Peru’s Long-whiskered Owlet. Unlike many owls, these birds are not aggressive and will &ldquolay dead” or retreat in a dangerous situation.

Elf Owls have declined as habitat has been developed for homes and agriculture. Riparian areas in their range are under threat due to water diversion for agriculture and household use, as well as invasive plants (especially salt cedar). The species is listed as endangered in California and is on ABC’s WatchList.

Visit full account to hear Elf Owl song >>

Elf Owl by Terry Sohl

3 months ago

Two harpy eagles, jungle birds who are seldom seen and said to be as rare as unicorns, were recently photographed and filmed in the wild. The...
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3 months ago

Lynn - all wonderful - thanks - now maybe I will see a Unicorn too!

3 months ago

All caught up, what a beautiful owl Lynn, and love the not so extinct Harpy Eagle, we had a lovely program on TV about them not too long ago.  They are magnificent birds who deserve a home in a safe place.  Thanks for all the videos Lily, you have a wonderful garden for all the wild creatures.

Bird of the Week - 6/27/14
3 months ago

Nocturnal Name-caller:
Chuck-will's-widow

Chuck-will's-widow belongs to a family of birds with the folk name "goatsuckers." The family name, Caprimulgidae, literally means "milker of goats" and is based on an ancient belief that the birds milked goats with their enormous mouths each night.

In reality, the birds' attraction to livestock was likely due to the presence of insects. Chuck-will's-widow forages at dusk and dawn, silently swooping over the ground in search of prey. Specialized feathers known as rictal bristles help funnel insects into the bird's mouth, which is so large that they may occasionally swallow small birds and bats as well!

Read more and hear the "chuck's" song >>

Chuck-will's-widow by Dick Snell/Flickr

3 months ago

Awwwww....enjoyed these so much, Lynn. It's always a thrill to see a species I knew nothing about, which is ALL the time on this thread. lol ....and to hear them... even better! Thank you.

Good to see you here, Christian!

And of course, it's great to see all our bird watchers!

3 months ago

Wow - thanks Lynn - like Cheryl - know nothing bout this bird - maybe cuz no lifestock here! 

2 months ago

Wow, I didn't know that only 10% of eagles make it to adulthood.   Great info. page, Lynn. Quite an amazing bird.

ss

Bird of the Week - 7/4/14
2 months ago

National Symbol:
Bald Eagle

The majestic Bald Eagle is the only eagle unique to North America—the Golden Eagle occurs across the entire Northern Hemisphere—and is well-known, even to non-birders, as the national symbol of the United States.

The Bald Eagle's Latin name accurately reflects its appearance and habits: hali and aiētos mean "sea eagle," and leuco and cephalos mean "white head." Its distinctive white head and tail make it easy to identify, even from a distance. Immature Bald Eagles do not develop the characteristic white head and tail until they are between four and five years old.

Read more and hear the un-regal eagle's call >>

Bald Eagle, FloridaStock/Shutterstock

2 months ago

Cheryl, I love that photo of the eagle that you posted. The eyes are so penetrating and seem to look right through you.

2 months ago

Wonderful Eagle pictures Lynn and thanks for all the information about them.

2 months ago

Wow - I didn't know atll that either and that the bald eagle is unique to North America....

Cheryl - stunning photo~

Very interesting article about birds
2 months ago

Until my son was born, I didn't care much about birds. I grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y., where forests fell in favor of track housing for World War II veter...

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