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2007-06-14 10:05:00

WASHINGTON -- The populations of nearly two dozen common American birds - the fence-sitting meadowlark, the frenetic Rufous hummingbird and the whippoorwill with its haunting call - are half what they were 40 years ago, a new analysis found. The northern bobwhite and its familiar wake-up whistle once seemed to be everywhere in the East. Last Christmas, volunteer bird counters could find only three of them and only 18 Eastern meadowlarks in Massachusetts. Twenty different common bird species -...


Latest Evening Grosbeak Reference Libraries

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2008-05-16 15:26:17

The Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator), is a large finch and the only member of its genus, Pinicola. It is found in coniferous woods across Canada, Alaska and the western mountains of the United States, and in northern Fennoscandia. Its breeding habitat is coniferous woods and it forages for seeds, buds, berries, and insects in trees and bushes. Adults have a long forked black tail, black wings with white wing bars and a large bill. Adult males have a rose red head, back and rump. Adult...

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2008-05-12 15:57:25

The Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident in Europe, but many Asian birds migrate further south in the winter. It is a rare vagrant to the western islands of Alaska. Favored breeding habitat includes deciduous or mixed woodland with large trees, especially Hornbeam, and also parkland. The hawfinch is 6.5 to 7 inches long and is bulky and bull-headed. Its head...

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2005-06-09 13:03:30

The Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) is a large finch that, in the past, was treated in a genus of its own as Hesperiphona vespertina. It is now usually treated in the same genus as the European & Asian Hawfinch. Their breeding habitat is coniferous and mixed forest across Canada and the western mountain area in the United States and Mexico where they nest in horizontal branches or in the forks of trees. The migration of this bird is variable; in some winters, they may...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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