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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. Grown-ups - males with their bright red throats and females without - along with many smaller youngsters with shorter tails were eager to dine. The birds were not content to wait their turn at the table. Squabbling with irritated squeaks, they would fly in, come...

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. The amounts are listed in dollars per thousand cubic feet and divided between commercial, industrial and residential costs. CommercialRank__ State__ Price 1__Idaho__$29.29 2__South Carolina__$15.94 3__Alaska__$15.82...

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. "I can't watch," said an onlooker gathered at the foot of the towering pine on the shore of Onota Lake. The eagle -- one of a pair hatched this year -- had been hanging from the tree for at least three hours yesterday, likely...

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. The hermit thrush, for example. In Virginia, if you want to hear this species' ethereal territorial song, you need serious altitude. Think Mount Rogers or White Top. Hermits are not even found atop Salt Pond...

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. The rare raptor has been on the federal endangered species list for 40 years. There estimated to be 700 to 800 snail kites in Florida, down from 1,200 last year. Biologists said 12 adult snail kites and four nests were...

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. - Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Web site, www.kdwp.state.ks.us By Jan Biles THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL MANHATTAN - Kansas State University biologist/researcher Robert Robel believes prairie...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By Susan Green, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 1--TAMPA -- TAMPA -- Fourth of July traditions like fireworks and kite-flying can be scary for nesting birds, and Audubon of Florida is asking boaters and beachgoers to avoid celebrating near roped-off and marked areas on Tampa Bay islands and Pinellas County beaches. Many of the Bay's nesting birds, including brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets and terns, have young chicks that are vulnerable to predators or the sun's heat....

2008-06-27 12:02:21

By Jeremy Manier and Tim De Chant, Chicago Tribune Jun. 27--When a falcon swoops from the sky to seize its fleeing prey, no one would mistake the sleek predator for a gaudy parrot. Yet the secret kinship of falcons and parrots is one of many surprises in a landmark genetic study of 169 bird species being published by Field Museum researchers. The lovely birds we see each day may never look quite the same again. One likely consequence of the study in Friday's edition of the journal...

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2008-06-26 09:50:00

Observing local birds' 'mob' behavior helps migrants avoid predators, say Queen's biologists Migrating songbirds take their survival cues from local winged residents when flying through unfamiliar territory, a new Queen's University-led study shows. It's a case of "When in Rome, do as the Romans do," says biologist Joseph Nocera, who conducted the research while working as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen's under the supervision of Biology professor Laurene Ratcliffe. Avoiding predators...

2008-06-19 09:00:28

CONDOR VIEWING DAY It will be possible to see one of the world's largest and rarest birds this month. On Saturday, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will hold a California condor viewing event. The Day of the Condor event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lava Point near Kolob Reservoir in southwestern Utah. Biologists from the DWR, the National Park Service and the Peregrine Fund will be available to answer questions, distribute information and help locate the condors....


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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