Holiday Birds

This and every end of year holiday season we see lots of references to birds. Christmas cards are full of birds, especially Northern Cardinals. No other bird seems to symbolize Christmas. You see it on greeting cards, note paper, figurines, clothing, tree ornaments, and other decorations. The Cornell Lab of…

Birds of Christmas

[caption id="attachment_8537" align="alignleft" width="229"] Birds of Christmas[/caption] Now that it is almost Christmas, you will hear the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” created in about 16th century England. This song has more birds in it than any other holiday song. You know, “On the first day of Christmas, my…

Bird Bones

[caption id="attachment_8466" align="alignleft" width="300"] The shoulder, arm, and hand of a bird[/caption] When I was a kid I was always admonished not to feed chicken bones to the family dog. Why is that? Birds have hollow or semi-hollow bones with an internal structure of supporting struts. Physics tells us that…

The Cool Killdeer

The Killdeer gets its name because someone thought the screeching sound the bird makes when it takes off sounded like “kill-deer, kill-deer.” I don’t , but I’m too late to rename the bird. The Killdeer’s scientific name is Charadrius vociferous, the last part referring to its call. (I’ll get to…
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