Sam Crowe on November 26th, 2017

Learning to identify the songs and call notes of the birds you see in your backyard can be lots of fun. Start by trying to create an association with the songs that you hear. Some birds say their name. The chickadee’s song is an easily recognized chick-a-dee-dee-dee. Some birds have songs that remind people of […]

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Sam Crowe on November 19th, 2017

Noting the color of the iris can help identify or age a bird. Most birds have a black pupil surrounded by a dark brown iris.  This is not always the case.  The color of the iris can change based on age or sex of the bird. Other species have a notable eye color. Red eyes […]

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Sam Crowe on November 6th, 2017

The widespread Loggerhead Shrike is an uncommon breeding or year-round resident across much of the U.S. Despite being classified as a Passerine (the group containing most of our songbirds) and lacking the strong, gripping talons of hawks, falcons, and eagles, it is a predatory species capable of taking insects, snakes, rodents, and birds nearly as […]

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