Thursday, February 15, 2018

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover (Chorlitejo Semipalmeado)
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
November 2017
Member of the Lapwing and Plover Family
§A Deceit of Plovers
§ (shocking)
The Most Common Plover on Migration in Most Areas★ (ehhhh...)

{Etymology Corner} Semipalmated Plover just has one of those birds where you're sure they meant to translate the name into normal-person-speak at some point and just never got around to it (lookin at you, Pyrrhuloxia). Semipalmated, this Plover's mouthful of an adjective, means 'somewhat palm-like', and describes the bird's semi-webbed feet. Aaaaand now you know that!

~true bird fact~ Unlike most plovers, this guy can actually swim. But, like, you know, only a little bit. So don't get too excited about this bird fact.

Caries a big camera around everywhere on vacations, but never shows off his photos
When compared with other Plovers, somewhat plain. You could think of him as the default Plover
I'll just come right out and say it, not a faithful partner. Shame on you, Semipalmated Plover

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Birds Talk: Patriotism

Helloooooo blogfans! Trying out a new feature today where we ask birds-on-the-street to weigh in on various topics in current events. We're kicking off this feature today with the topic of patriotism, because today is Superb Owl Sunday (widely regarded to be the 2nd-4th most patriotic day of the year). We asked birds in Roseville, California "What are your feelings about patriotism on this, Supreb Owl Sunday?" It's a big topic to tackle, but we've come to the field with a goal, so let's get ready to rumble!

Downy Woodpecker: America is great! I think that the football men should not only stand for the national anthem, but maybe should get a ladder so they can stand even higher to respect our flag more.

Red-shouldered Hawk: Why can't someone express their patriotism by being critical of the bad parts of America? If you love this country, you should be willing to work hard to fix it, not just ignoring select parts of it. I hate that I'm putting so much effort into this answer, because I don't think the people arguing the counter position are being intellectually honest anyway.

 Northern Flicker: This question is bullshit [flies away]

American Goldfinch: Whenever I see a football player take a knee, I get so mad that I have to drop everything I'm doing to complain about it on social media. Why would anyone want to protest anything in America, in the greatest country on earth. Protesting should be illegal.

Wild Turkey: (visibly drunk) You know I was supposed to be the America bird before that stupid Eagle. Stole my title just like he steals fish. And now there's a whole holiday where I get eaten, and the Eagle has a football team. I'd like to see the foot on the other shoe, and see how he likes getting eaten.

European Starling: In Europe we call soccer football, and we call patriotism nationalism. We had a lot of wars over that, you know? The nationalism, not the football, although we may very well have a football war at some point.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird aka. Man O'War (archaic, totally metal) (Rabihorcado Magnífico [literal translation: Magnificent Forked-tail])
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
November 2017
Member of the Frigatebird Family
§A Fleet of Frigatebirds
The Largest Frigatebird

~true bird fact~ This bird has an interesting lifestyle- they are oceanic birds, but rarely, if ever, touch the water. They can't really swim at all, and don't float, so landing is a risky business. The fly day and night (only one other bird does this- the Common Swift) for over a hunderd miles at a time. They feed by catching fish at the surface of the water, or jumping flying fish, but are most well known as kleptoparasites, which means they pirate the meals of other seabirds, harassing them into dropping whatever they just caught. It's not pretty, but you gotta eat.

Never really pauses to consider her dire or difficult personal circumstances
Spends lonely hours on a CB radio
Has a sense that she's 'seen it all'

Monday, January 15, 2018

Gila Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker (Carpentiro de Gila [woodpeckers are literally called Carpenters in Spansih])
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
November 2017
Member of the Woodpecker Family
§A Gatling of Woodpeckers
A Climate-change Threatened Species

~true bird fact~ Even though many birds use cactus-based nests, this is the guy who creates most of them (at least in Saguaro and Mesquite plants). They excavate the holes working in pairs, and have to leave them to dry for several months in order for the cavity to become solid enough to use. After the woodpecker pair has moved on, many species will go on to use it. Pay it forward?

Seems gruff, but has a big heart
Goes as a Gila Monster every year for Halloween, can't get enough of that joke
Can often work so hard or long that he misses out on bonding time with family