Category Archives: Bird

Broad-winged Hawk

The Feather Files Name: Broad-winged Hawk Species:  Buteo platypterus Native to and Migration: The Broad-winged hawk breeds throughout much of Canada and the Central and Eastern part of the United States. In the fall, hundreds of thousands of them migrate in large flocks to Mexico and Central America. Date Seen: May 2014 Location: North of […]
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Snowy Egret

The Feather Files Name: Snowy Egret Species: Egretta thula Native to and Migration: Breeding populations in the interior of North America and along the north Atlantic coast migrate. Many western birds winter in Mexico, while many eastern birds migrate to the Gulf Coast or fly across the ocean to the Caribbean islands and South America. […]
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Great Blue Heron

The Feather Files Name: Great Blue Heron Species: Ardea herodias Native to and Migration: Partial – birds leave the northern edge of their breeding range to fly as far south as the Caribbean. Birds in the Pacific Northwest and south Florida are present year-round. Date Seen: April 2019; February 2019; August 2014 Location: Sun Lakes, […]
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American White Pelican

The Feather Files Name: American White Pelican Alias: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Native to and Migration: Northern breeding populations (Alberta and Saskatchewan) migrate to southern California, the Gulf States, Mexico, and Central America. Populations breeding in Texas and Mexico are resident. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: Snowy white with black […]
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Red-winged Blackbird

The Feather Files Name: Red-winged Blackbird Species: Agelaius phoeniceus Native to and Migration: Red-winged Blackbirds that breed through most of Canada spend the winter in the southern United States. The birds that breed in the United States and Mexico don’t migrate at all. Date Seen: May 2018, February 2019 Location: Utah and Arizona Notes: These […]
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Great-tailed Grackle

The Feather Files Name Great-tailed Grackle Species: Quiscalus mexicanus Native to and Migration: Primarily resident throughout a North American range which includes the south-western United States and Mexico. Date Seen: January 2013; February 2016; February 2019 Location: Fountain Hills Area, Arizona Notes: Grackles thrive in human-altered landscapes. They are loud, social birds with a varied […]
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Hairy Woodpecker

The Feather Files Name: Hairy Woodpecker Species: Dryobates villosus Native to and Migration: Hairy Woodpeckers are mostly year round residents throughout their range from Alaska to Mexico. Birds in higher elevations might move to a lower elevation for the winter. Date Seen: October 2014; September 2016 Location: Blairmore Alberta, Airdrie Alberta Notes: Hairy Woodpeckers chisel […]
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Turkey Vulture

These Turkey Vultures were perched on a palm tree overlooking the business district in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. We were on a roof top patio, having dinner. We watched the vultures. The vultures watched us. These Turkey Vultures were perched on cactus near a restaurant near San Jose del Cabo. We had lunch and […]
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Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird on a Pepper Tree branch. A Hummingbird tongue: “…the tongue works as an elastic micropump. “Fluid at the tip is driven into the tongue’s grooves by forces resulting from re-expansion of a collapsed section” of the tongue closer to the mouth.” Live Science Hummingbird Tongue Anna’s Hummingbird during a rain storm – sitting […]
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Pied-billed Grebe

The Feather Files Name: Pied-billed Grebe Species: Podilymbus podiceps Native to and Migration: Breeds from northern Canada through the West Indies and Central America to southern South America. It is seldom seen in flight, in part because it migrates by night, landing on the nearest body of water before or at dawn. Date Seen: February […]
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