Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Singing Life of the Snowy Owl (Bubo Scandiacus)

The most prominent sources of information on the Snowy Owl comes mostly from the work done by scientists such as A. Watson, G. M. Sutton and D. F. Parmelee during the 1930’s thru the late 1950’s and then in the … Continue reading

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American Robin blog post #2

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American Robins (Turdus migratorious) belong to the suborder oscines, a large suborder of passerine birds that encompasses most songbirds. They are open-ended song learners: they continue to learn new songs throughout their lives. Nestlings first acquire calls which they use … Continue reading

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General Information on the Eastern Bluebird (Sialias sialia)

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Appearance: The Eastern Bluebird, scientifically known as Sialia sialis, gets its name from its blue appearance.  The male has bright blue upper parts, a red/orange throat, breast and flanks, a white lower belly and undertail-coverts, a red/orange or white chin, … Continue reading

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The Northern Cardinal(Cardinalis cardinalis) Song

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Types of songs and Calls The song of the Northern Cardinal is 2-3 seconds long and consist of a string of slurred whistles usually getting faster and turning into a trill. The Northern Cardinal has 16 distinct calls. The most … Continue reading

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The Singing Behavior of the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

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The Eastern bluebird is most commonly known for its unmistakable, vibrant coloration. However, the bluebird’s brilliant plumage is certainly not its only unique feature; its frequently overlooked capacity for vocalization is perhaps even more remarkable. Ertelt, C.A. Eastern Bluebird Singing. Retrieved December … Continue reading

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Biology of the Barred Owl – Strix Varia

The Barred Owl (species name Strix Varia) also goes by the names Hoot Owl, Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl. They are often mistaken for Spotted Owls, which are visually quite similar. This mixing up of the two … Continue reading

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Red-Throated Loon: Song Learning & Vocalizations

Songs & Calls: The following descriptions of loon calls are from unpublished work by S. Douglas as described in the Birds of North America article on red-throated loons.     Unlike other loons, the red-throated loon does not have a song … Continue reading

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American Robin Blog Post #1

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American Robins (Turdus migratorious), one of the largest thrushes in North America, are a fairly common sight in most American backyards. They are mostly found in woodland, forests and gardens. They have an orange breast with a black/brown back and … Continue reading

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The Singing Behavior of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

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Barn Owls do not hoot like most owls. However, they do have various types of calls. There are five main categories of calls: screams, snores, hisses, chirrups and twitters, and other calls. The scream category consists of the advertising call … Continue reading

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General Information about the Northern Cardinal- Cardinalis cardinalis

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Appearance: The northern cardinal is fairly large with a length of about 8.3 to 9.1 inches. This bird features a long tail with a short and thick bill. The northern cardinal is an example of sexual dimorphism as the male is … Continue reading

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