Archive for July, 2015

Learning Page – “Anting”

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Article from Delancy Place website

Today’s selection — from What Good are Bugs? by Gilbert Waldbauer. Many birds use ants the kill the parasites that plague them.


Learning Page – Lark Sparrow

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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Lark Sparrow, Chondestes grammacus, A small sparrow that is a common winter visitor in Baja. The bold head markings make identification easy. Normally seen in small flocks. Common in our area during winter.


Learning Page – Great Blue Heron

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to Europe, with records from Spain, the Azores, England and the Netherlands. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and southern Florida was once treated as a separate species and known as the great white heron.


Learning Page – Gila Woodpecker

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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The Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) is a medium-sized woodpecker of the desert regions of the southwestern United States and western Mexico. In the U.S., they range through southeastern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.


Learning Page – Common Ground Dove

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

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The common ground dove (Columbina passerina) is a small bird that inhabits the southern United States, parts of Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America.


Learning Page – Double-crested Comorant

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

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The double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It occurs along inland waterways as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico. Measuring 70–90 cm (28–35 in) in length, it is an all-black bird which gains a small double crest of black and white feathers in breeding season.

Learning Page – Black-headed Grosbeak

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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The black-headed grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) is a medium-size seed-eating bird in the same family as the northern cardinal, the Cardinalidae.


Learning Page- Varied Bunting

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor) is a species of songbird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae. The male is a deep indigo blue. A beautiful bird. Uncommon resident


Learning Page – American Kestrel

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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The American kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes colloquially known as the sparrow hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas.


Leaning Page – Endemic Xantus’ Hummingbird

Monday, July 20th, 2015


Xantus’s hummingbird, Basilinna xantusii (syn. Hylocharis xantusii), is a medium-sized hummingbird endemic to Baja California. It is 8–9 cm long, and weighs approximately 3-4 g.