Category Archives: Bird

Eurasian Collared-Dove

The Feather Files Name:  Eurasian Collared-Dove Species:  Streptopelia decaocto Native to and Migration:  In North America – most of the United States; SW Canada, Mexico; non-migratory. Date Seen:  May 2017; March 2016 Location:  North of Calgary, Alberta; north of Fountain Hills, Arizona Notes:  These birds are now native to Europe and Asia, though they were […]
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Greater Roadrunner

The Feather Files Name: Greater Roadrunner Species: Geococcyx californianus Native to and Migration: Year round resident of the desert and semi-open, scrubby habitat of South West United States and Mexico Date Seen: March 2018; April 2015 Location: North of Fountain Hills, Arizona Notes: These raven sized birds eat mostly animals – almost anything they can […]
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Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay

The Feather Files Name: Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay Species: Aphelocoma woodhouseii Native to and Migration: Year round resident of the dry lowlands from Nevada, United States into Mexico Date Seen: April 2016 Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona Notes:  Unlike some other species of Jay, this one does not have a crested head.

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

The Feather Files Name: Red-breasted Nuthatch Species: Sitta canadensis Native to and Migration: Found throughout much of Canada and the United States. Can be resident or a short-distance migrant. Date Seen: September 2016 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta Notes: These birds wander up, down and sideways along trunks and branches of trees. They eat mainly […]
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Western Meadowlark

The Feather Files Name: Western Meadowlark Species: Sturnella neglecta Native to and Migration: Birds can be found in South Central and Western Canada; central and Western United States; North and Central Mexico. Resident to medium distance migrants. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: Open grassland birds, their song is familiar […]
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American Avocet

The Feather Files Name: American Avocet Species: Recurvirostra americana Native to and Migration: South Central Canada; Central and Western United States; Mexico. Migrate from northern and central areas to south or coastal areas. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: A long-legged wader walks through shallow waters using its slender, […]
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Mountain Bluebird

The Feather Files Name: Mountain Bluebird Species: Sialia currucoides Native to and Migration: Mountain Bluebirds breed in western North America as far north as Alaska. They winter as far south as central Mexico Date Seen:  May 2016;  May 2017 Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA;  North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes:  Mountain Bluebirds will use […]
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The Feather Files Name: Phainopepla Species: Phainopepla nitens Native to and Migration: Deserts and arid woodlands of the southwestern United States and Mexico. Breeds twice each year in two different habitats. Some spend winters in the southern part of its breeding range. Date Seen: March 2017 Location: North of Fountain Hills, Arizona Notes: Individual birds […]
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Bald Eagle

The Feather Files Name: Bald Eagle Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Native to and Migration: Resident to long-distance migrant throughout Canada and the United States. Northern adults begin fall migration when lakes and rivers freeze – migrating coastward or to open water. They return to breeding grounds when weather and food permit, usually January–March. Date Seen: April […]
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Gambel’s Quail

The Feather Files Name: Gambel’s Quail Species: Callipepla gambelii Native to and Migration: Nonmigratory; lives in the hot deserts of the Southwest—the Sonoran, Mohave, and Chihuahuan—below about 5,500 feet elevation. Date Seen: March 2015, April 2019 Location: North of Fountain Hills, Arizona Notes:  These birds walk or run along the ground in groups called coveys […]
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