Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
- North American Wild Turkey
- The domesticated turkey (the one on your dinner table yesterday)
- Tofurkey! The vegetarian's turkey dinner
- Caruncle - brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
- Gizzard - a part of a bird's stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.
- Hen - a female turkey.
- Poult - a baby turkey. A chick.
- Snood - the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey's beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
- Tom - a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.
- Wattle - the flap of skin under the turkey's chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
- Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
This year's gorgeous t-shirt design by Rene Reyes
I will try to post photos of the birds seen on the trips I attend, and update with highlights of the symposium. Usually the young birders get together and bird on the trip, which might be my favorite part, afterall we are the future of birding and personally it's exciting to see so many talented people my own age out there birding.
Youngbirders together birding =)
Monday, November 13, 2006
Pond at UNB in Big Canyon area
Eurasian and American Widgeon
Turkey Vulture in flight
Red-shouldered Hawk, assembled camera and took this photo while stopped at a red light... hehe
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Despite the yucky weather, the birding was very good. Plenty of species, easy sightings, and a mellow atmosphere to bird in. We saw three species of raptors at SJWS, White-tailed Kites, Red-tailed Hawks, a Cooper's Hawk, and of course vultures, which aren't really raptors.
Highlight species included a California Thrasher, Say's Phoebe, not one but two Northern Flickers, a cooperative male Downy Woodpecker, and of course the birds of prey. We had about 50 species on this part of the trip.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
I saw some birds I haven't seen in some time, seasonally I mean, like Buffleheads and Scaup and the like. I sure haven't been birding much lately, must fix that, I definitely will be back there again soon. While I was there, I bought myself an Amigos de Bolsa Chica hat, because I most definitely support the cause.
I'm going birding tomorrow with one of my best friends, Alex. We're just going to SJWS, but it isn't often I get to go birding with companions, so it should be a real treat.
Western Pygmy-blue Butterfly, smallest butterfly in the western U.S.
Brown Pelican swallowing a fish
Male and female Lesser Scaup