At first, it seems one of those unanswerable questions children have a gift for asking. “Mommy (or Daddy), why do all the birds sit on the telephone wires and watch the sun set every night?”
“I don’t know, sport. They just do,” you might say in your most authoritative voice.
Or perhaps instead you make up what sounds like a convincing answer. “Well, champ, it’s going to be dark soon so they’re storing up the sun’s warmth to get them through the night.”
If it bothers you not knowing what the real answer is, don’t feel bad. Up until recently, scientists haven’t had any decent theories either. But what’s emerging from the latest studies may finally provide a real answer.
For years, evidence has suggested that migratory birds use a combination of cues from the earth’s magnetic field, patterns of …
Have you ever woken up really early in the morning and heard the birds just going crazy? That’s happened to me several times over the past few months and, while I am not a morning person, I cannot help but enjoy the beautiful chaos of all those birds calling out at once. It’s like a cafeteria or an auditorium with everyone talking at once. Or like the instruments tuning up before the concert begins, going through their practice runs when no one is really listening. I love it!
It’s amazing that most of us have so many wild birds living all around us that we don’t even notice. So maybe it’s time to take notice. One way to start doing that is to bring them to your backyard. And if they’re in your backyard already, bring them out of the …
Many birds call the unique vegetation of Southern California home, but it is those with a flash of yellow that often catch the eye. Here’s a quick guide to help hikers and other casual observers identify one yellow bird from another.
Look for this bird especially in the spring and fall. It has a yellow belly and breast and an olive-colored back and wings. The long tail, yellow face and black cap make this small (less than five inches) Southern California bird easy to identify.
About the same size as the Wilson’s warbler, this bird is most commonly seen in the summer in Orange County. Its yellow belly and chest are not as bright at the Wilson’s warbler, and its back is more olive-brown in color. Look for the distinctive white eye ring, orange lower bill …
When ornithologists from Cornell University announced they had found the Ivory Billed Woodpecker in the Big Woods of Arkansas, a stampede of bird watchers made their way to the state, hoping for a sighting of a bird many had assumed extinct. While there is still some controversy about the existence of the ivory billed woodpecker, it hasn’t stopped birding enthusiasts from descending on the state. If you are planning a bird watching trip to Arkansas, here are some things to know before you go.
Be ready for the weather- In Arkansas, that means be ready for anything. Arkansas has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters, but winter temperatures can dip into the single digits in the northern counties and ice storms aren’t uncommon. If you are traveling in the summer, take plenty of water on your …