Category Archives: Bird Profiles

Species descriptions

Shrikes? Yikes!

How would you like to be stalked, captured, then shaken so hard that your neck breaks—and then impaled onto a spike and left to age like a side of beef before finally being torn apart and eaten? That sounds like … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Profiles, Birds | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

In Memory of Motswari

Colorado Springs gets a lot of hail. Anyone who has lived here very long knows that hail is part of life. But in the 25 years we’ve called Colorado home, we’ve never seen a summer like this one. Three times … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Profiles, Birds, Conservation | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Tale of Two Chickadees

While Black-capped Chickadees are familiar birds over the northern half of North America, Mountain Chickadees are a western specialty. True to their name, they care found at higher elevations from the Rockies westward to the Sierras and Cascades, and as … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Profiles, Birds | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Little Brown Jobs

Would you like your bedroom to be infested with spiders? I can’t count the nights I’ve spent wide awake in bed. staring at a suspicious black blob on the ceiling (I’m rather nearsighted without my glasses). Was it a spider? … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Profiles, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Monogamous Swans?

It sounds so romantic, the idea that swans mate for life. If one dies, its mate also dies—of a broken heart. How faithful. How tragic. How so not true.

Posted in Bird Profiles, Birds, Ornithology | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Sandhill Cranes

You’re out in the yard enjoying the garden, or lying in bed in the stillness of the night, when you hear them. It’s a unique sound, a resonant, nasal honking, sounding much like a high flying traffic jam. I may … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Profiles, Hotspots | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Vulnerable Pests

House Sparrows are frequently despised by North American birders. An invasive species, they commandeer nest cavities needed by native birds, hog feeders, and generally make a nuisance of themselves. Agricultural pests, they’re the target of various, and usually unsuccessful, “control” … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Profiles, Birds | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment