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2008-09-23 09:00:40

* What: Brew at the Zoo, held Sept. 5 at the Denver Zoo.

2008-08-04 03:00:00

By Reed Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Aug. 4--After more than 15 years of studies and discussion, Charles City County now has a permit to build a boat ramp in an area along the James River believed to be the largest bald eagle roost on the East Coast.

2008-08-01 12:00:41

By Terry Date, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Aug. 1--WINDHAM -- Wood thrush. The bird's name conjures an image of forests and beating wings.

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Jim Minick jminick@radford.edu It's a land of rare sparrows, bobwhite quail and deer too many to count. It's a bend in the New River where German brothers first farmed corn and cattle in the 1740s. And now this place of thousands of acres is a land encircled by miles and miles of fence.

2008-07-27 09:00:24

It was the noon rush hour at Dennis McClenny's hummingbird restaurant in Pungo recently. The little birds were zooming in and out of the area around McClenny's back deck where 10 feeders serve up the day's sugar water special.

2008-07-24 09:01:06

Complaining about the cost of natural gas? Just be glad you live in Kansas, which is among the states with the lowest natural gas costs in the country. The following are the states with the top 10 highest natural gas prices, based on data from 2006.

2008-07-22 12:00:41

By Jack Dew, The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass. Jul. 22--PITTSFIELD -- Hanging roughly 100 feet in the air, its leg snared in a nylon fishing lead, the young eagle flapped its wings uselessly, rustling the branches, ruffling the air, and then gave up.

2008-07-19 03:00:21

By Seth Williamson orthodox.ntelos.net Birding is an absorbing lifetime hobby because you never run out of surprises. The rules are made to be broken. For example, we know that certain northern species, if they breed at all in Virginia, do so only at sky-scraping elevations.

2008-07-15 03:00:21

Rare Everglade snail kite nests found in Florida's Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, conservationists said. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said they are the first snail kite nests found in the area in a decade, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

2008-07-06 12:00:14

The low, booming sounds produced by greater prairie chicken cocks accounts for the common reference to their leks as "booming grounds." ... On a quiet spring morning, these sounds can carry as much as two miles across the open prairie, serving as an audible beacon to prairie chicken hens.


Latest Birds of North America Reference Libraries

Sharp Tailed Grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus
2013-10-07 11:50:53

The Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) is a prairie grouse of medium size. It has also known as the sharptail, and is known as “fire grouse” or “fire bird” by Native American Indians because of their reliance on brush fires to keep their habitat open. Six extant and one extinct subspecies of Sharp-tailed Grouse have been described. This grouse along with the Greater Prairie-chicken and the Lesser Prairie-chicken make up the genus Tympanuchus, which is a genus of grouse...

Hooded Crane, Grus monacha
2013-04-24 12:13:58

The Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) is a small, dark colored crane. Its body is grey and the top of the head and neck is white, except for a patch of bare red skin above they eye. It’s one of the smallest cranes, but is still a fairly large bird, a 3.3 ft in length, weighing 8.2 pounds and a wingspan of 6.2 feet. It breeds in south-central and southeastern Siberia. Breeding is also assumed to occur in Mongolia. Over 80% of its population winters at Izumi, southern Japan. There are also...

Gunnison Grouse, Centrocercus minimus
2013-04-23 23:18:44

The Gunnison Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of grouse endemic to the United States, where it is known as the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. It’s similar to the closely related Greater Sage-Grouse in its appearance but about a third smaller in size, with much thicker plumes behind its head; it also has a less complex courtship dance. It’s restricted in range to southwestern Colorado and extreme southeastern Utah, with the largest population residing in the Gunnison Basin region in...

Masked Duck, Nomonyx dominicus
2013-04-23 13:09:51

The Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) is a small stiff-tailed duck ranging through the tropical Americas. They’re found from Mexico to South America and also in the Caribbean. They are primarily non-migratory. Masked Ducks are reported as very uncommon vagrants in the southernmost part of the United States, along the Mexican border and in Florida. Being the only member of the genus Nomonyx, it’s intermediate between the rather primitive Black-headed Duck (Heteronetta) and the very...

White-headed Duck, Oxyura leucocephala
2013-04-22 14:37:37

The White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) is a petite stiff-tailed duck. The adult males have a reddish and grey body, a blue bill, and a largely white head with black cap and neck. The adult females have a brown-grey body with a white face and a darker bill, cheek stripe and cap. On average, its length is 17 to 19 inches and the weight is 1.3 to 1.7 lbs. This duck breeds in Spain and North Africa, with a bigger population in western and central Asia. Their breeding habitat is large...

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