Bird Eggs

Here is the long-sought answer to the age-old question “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” : the egg. Eggs have been around since some of the earliest animals – like sponges and jellyfish – evolved, about 600 million years ago. Birds have been around for about 150 million…

Why do Woodpeckers Peck?

[caption id="attachment_8368" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pileated Woodpecker[/caption] Woodpeckers are successful creatures, well known to everyone. Perhaps the most famous woodpecker besides Woody, the cartoon woodpecker, is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, very likely extinct since 1948, the last verified sighting of it. There are many kinds of woodpeckers in the world. Propped against the side…

Blackbirds and Black birds

  [caption id="attachment_8356" align="alignleft" width="300"] Male Brewer's Blackbird[/caption] A well known blackbird  is the Brewer’s Blackbird. This common blackbird gets its name from a prominent 19th Century Boston naturalist who started his professional career as an M.D. with a degree from Harvard and later developed a passion for birds.  As…

The Canary Bird

   My wife and I ended a three week cruise of the west coast of Africa by visiting one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish protectorate, west of Morocco. The Canary Islands are a semi-tropical vacation haven for residents of Europe, comparable to Hawaii for U.S. residents. Like many island nations, it…