Birds Posts

A Cuckoo and a Sphinx by , Ranger

July 21st, 2014

  There are three cuckoos in the east, mangrove, black-billed, and yellow-billed. You’d be lucky to see a mangrove cuckoo in its restricted range in Florida, you will not see one here in Durham, NC. Some would say that the other two cuckoos might just as well be restricted to the mangroves of Florida, it’s […] Read the rest of this entry »

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QUIZ ANSWERS by , Ranger

July 18th, 2014

Answers to QUIZ TIME. And here’s why. We only have a front view of this bird. The light source is filtering through from behind, not great light. The bird in the photo is a buteo, not an accipiter (Cooper’s hawk). There are three buteos in our area at this time of year, Broad-winged, Red-shouldered, and Red-tailed […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/15/14 by , Ranger

July 16th, 2014

At this time in 2012 we had five empty nests and one active nest, the Cow Pasture nest. That nest was raided the very night following the nest box inspection, the eggs cleared out, I think by a raccoon. Last year at this time we had no active nests, the last one having fledged 5 […] Read the rest of this entry »

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QUIZ TIME by , Ranger

July 10th, 2014

Can you identify the bird in the photo? You’ve probably already figured out that the bird is a hawk. Can you identify it as to species (5 points). Extra points for giving the age of the bird (5 points). Double points for naming the tree the bird is perched upon (10 points). If possible, indicate how […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/8/14 by , Ranger

July 9th, 2014

One nest has fledged all their bluebirds while two nests are still in the early stages, one contains eggs, the other four fresh nestlings. The Cow Pasture bluebirds have flown their coop. Upon inspection, the nest box was empty except for hundreds, no thousands, of very tiny spiders. At first sight I thought the minute […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Red, White, and Blue, sort of by , Ranger

July 4th, 2014

The red I heard the call of the hawk before I saw it. As I turned, the bird came in to a Loblolly Pine over the Train Station here at the Museum. It was carrying something of weight and bulk in its talons though I couldn’t make out what it was. The bird began to […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/1/14 by , Ranger

July 2nd, 2014

Here we are in July and we still have active nests. At last week’s inspection of the nest boxes, two were occupied by bluebirds. There are now three active nests. The nest at the Cow Pasture continues to offer shelter to four bluebird nestlings (above). It’s a tight fit inside that cedar nest box but […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What Happened to the Green Herons in the Wetlands by , Ranger

June 30th, 2014

I’ve seen zero activity this past week at either of the green heron nests in our Wetlands. I saw a heron flying away from the Wetlands Saturday (6/21) and one flew in to fish late in the day Wednesday (6/25). What has happened to the two heron nests that were started, completed and in which eggs had […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 6/24/14 by , Ranger

June 24th, 2014

We currently have one nest with four yet to hatch eggs, and one nest with four nestlings. There are three empty nests. One nest has failed. The Cow Pasture eggs finally hatched. All four nestlings look to be in good shape. When I opened the side door of the nest box at the Bungee Jump […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Heron Nests, or Not? by , Ranger

June 23rd, 2014

Once again, Green Herons have decided to nest in our Wetlands. Two pair of herons have again concluded that our Wetlands is suitable for raising their young. We have enough food, shelter, and whatever else it is that herons seek when looking for a place to raise a family. The birds have chosen the same […] Read the rest of this entry »

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