House Finch

The House Finch is native to the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years. The total House Finch population across North America is staggering. Scientists estimate between 267 million and 1.4 billion individuals.

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December 16th, 2013 by Laurence Orr • Comment »

Common Grackle

Common grackles are talented “anters.” This is the bird practice of letting ants crawl all over your body and feathers. The ants secrete formic acid, the chemical in their stings, and this may rid the bird of parasites. Grackles have been observed using walnut juice, lemons and limes, marigold blossoms, chokecherries, and mothballs in a similar fashion.

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December 9th, 2013 by Laurence Orr • Comment »

Least Sandpiper

Migrates thousands of miles between its arctic breeding grounds and wintering grounds as far south as Chile and Brazil. Eastern populations probably fly nonstop over the ocean from the Gulf of St. Lawrence and New England to wintering grounds in northeastern South America, a distance of about 1,800 to 2,500 miles.

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December 2nd, 2013 by Laurence Orr • Comment »

American Robin

Earthworms are a favorite food of American robins. Other soft-bodied invertebrates they eat include caterpillars, beetles and grasshoppers. Fruits and berries account for 60 percent of robins’ diet. Apart from fruits, they can also feed on sweet stuff like fruit cake, coconut cake and uncooked pastry.

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November 4th, 2013 by Laurence Orr • Comment »

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