Jan. 26, 2021 Rock Dove
A couple of these were out in our front yard a bit ago looking
for insects or worms to eat. I hadn't seen them before so caught
a few shots of them.
It’s Turkey Time!
From my front yard, I just heard a clatter,
Then to the roof they flew, no sleigh to be seen
I called them by name, to see why they're here,
Off they then flew, one by one taking flight,
Kay Ekwall 11/19/20
NOTE: many of the slideshows and headings
might not work right now since flash player
has been discontinued. I will endeavor to
reconstruct new ones for this and all my
other websites but it will take awhile.
Please check back at some time in the future.
Thank you for your patience, Kay
Birds in the News
When Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, was finally holding the elusive Guadalcanal moustached kingfisher, he told Slate writer Rachel Gross, it was like finding a unicorn....
The team snapped the first-ever photos of the remarkably photogenic bird and made the first-ever recordings of a male variety of the species (a female was described back in the 1920s).
Then the team killed it.rest of the article at the ink.....
Thousands of dead common murres are washing up on the beaches of Whittier, an unprecedented die-off that has scientists wondering how many more thousands remain uncounted throughout Prince William Sound.
A recently retired federal biologist doing beach surveys in Whittier over the weekend estimated there were more than 7,800 dead murres along a little over a mile of beach. That’s nearly five dead birds per meter of beach, officials say....rest if the article at the link
Due to the movie "Concussion' more people are aware that the human head and brain were not designed/evolved to be able to withstand constand head blows. Here is an article which explains why woodpeckers heads are able to handle constant hammering.
"Woodpeckers hit their heads up to 20 times a second. But muscles, bones and an extra eyelid protect their small bird brains.
Strong, dense muscles in the bird's neck give it strength to repeatedly thump its head. But it is extra muscles in the skull that keep the bird from getting hurt. These muscles act like a protective helmet for the brain."
Illinois Valley Community Radio 105.7 FM http://www.KXCJ.org
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Josephine County, Southern Oregon
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