Tag Archives: Birds

That’s a mighty fine pygostyle you’ve got there

That’s a mighty fine pygostyle you’ve got there… I recently read in the book Wild Bird Guides: Downy Woodpecker by Gary Ritchison, that the anatomical structure that allows woodpeckers to use their tails as props is called a “pygostyle.” A … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 14

Here are some more posts from MASSBIRD describing birding “sparks.” Matt began noticing birds early: I’m not sure I actually have a spark; when I was 2 weeks old my mother’s journal contains a line “Birds and airplanes catch his … Continue reading

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Magic of the Snowy Owl

A wonderful hour-long video of Snowy Owls is now available online or through your PBS station.  I set my DVR for 5:00 AM tomorrow morning — check your local listing. Watch Magic of the Snowy Owl Preview on PBS. See … Continue reading

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Do You Drink Bird-Friendly Coffee? Cornell Offers Guidance

Imagine you walk into the neighborhood coffee house for your morning cup of joe, and on the counter is a tip jar with a sign reading, “$ for wintering warblers” with a photo of a Chestnut-sided Warbler in a tropical … Continue reading

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