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Sam's Blog - All About Birds

 Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend—June 3-4, 2016

 

Sam's Blog

George's Wild Birds Blog - April posts

 Offering Mealworms with a Western Flavor.

 

 

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Holly Shimizu's Gardening Blog

 Our gardens and climate change.

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Questions and Answers about Wild Birds

Question of the week:

Why do some birds stand on one leg?

The Professor loves this question, because no one knows for sure...and there are probably several reasons. Here are some of the common explanations.



Conserves body heat.

Bare legs are exposed to moisture and wind. By tucking one leg up-and-under, the bird may conserve body heat. 



Relief from a caustic environment.

The Lesser Flamingo of central and eastern Africa feeds in shallow lakes filled with very caustic water (pH of about 10.5). Keeping one leg out of the water for awhile may help prevent burning of the exposed skin.

Maybe it is just a comfortable way to stand.

 

Information About Birds and Weekly Bird Quiz

Learn about the many types of American Birds.

Ducks

Male Common Goldeneye courtshiip display

There are 38 regularly occuring duck species in the United States.  They are generally placed into 8 categories.

  • Whistling Ducks
  • Perching Ducks
  • Dabbling Ducks
  • Pochards
  • Eiders
  • Sea Ducks
  • Mergansers
  • Stiff-tailed Ducks

Our Duck Identification section has information on all 8 groups and the 38 species.

Image is a male Common Goldeneye in courstship display.  Photo © Glenn Bartley.

Bird Quiz of the Week

acorn woodpeckerName the bird. 
It was photographed in the Davis Mountains of west Texas.

Here is the answer.

Photograph © Sam Crowe.

 

A new quiz bird will be posted each week.