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By Barbara L. Davis

ISBN-10: 0884152782

ISBN-13: 9780884152781

This box advisor takes you to the wilderness and grassland components of Arizona, California, and New Mexico the place the complete variety of chook species reaches a awesome 440. incorporated are 21 desolate tract birding sizzling spots, in-depth descriptions and behavioral details, eight chook charts, and lots more and plenty extra.

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The voice is a loud kyowk or skewk. Habitat and Diet The Green Heron is a fairly common transient and winter resident in the Southwestern lowlands, with some birds remaining in the area throughout the summer. Although its habitat includes water sources such as swampy areas, fresh streams, ponds, irrigation canals, and shorelines, it chooses freshwater with trees for breeding habitat. Dressed in inconspicuous plumage, this little heron hunts from a snag just above the water’s edge. Then, suddenly with a lightning-fast thrust of the bill, it captures unsuspecting prey for a meal.

Chestnut-colored plumage decorates the back of the neck and the outer edges of the inner secondaries. The wing tips are black, and the inner wing patches are tawny. The bill is pale yellow with a darker tip, the legs and feet are greenish-yellow, and the eye is yellow. In general, the underparts are buff with some streaking. Nuptial plumes on the side of the neck become obvious during breeding season. Immatures resemble the female, but have more streaking on the back and breast. Nature has designed this species both in appearance and in disposition in such a way that it is observed by very few birders, but it may be surprisingly common in many areas.

Only a few clouds hung low over the horizon, hopefully enough to reflect the beauty of the rising sun, but not so many as to interfere with my photo aspirations. I couldn’t wait to get to the Red-tailed Hawks’ nest I had been watching from a distance for nearly two months. I had waited for the eggs to hatch before setting up my blind and attempting to photograph because I didn’t want my intrusion to stress the adults, thus causing them to abandon the eggs. Now, two fuzzy white nestlings would be awakening to a new dawn and patiently waiting for the first feast of the day.

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