Show notes for Episode 3 “Going Green for Birds”

The luck of the Irish (refresher)

  • The luck of the Irish (refresher)
  • Patrick traveled Ireland starting in 433 AD and spent 40 years converting others to Christianity
  • The first color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue, but was saved to green in the 17th century
  • Wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns

Reference – https://www.wral.com/st-patrick-s-day-traditions-myths-and-more/16557138/

Green Birds in our area on St. Patrick’s Day
Shared green birds: Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Wood Duck, Bufflehead, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Rock Pigeon,  Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Grackle, European Starling

Texas State Green Birds: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Monk Parakeet,Green-tailed Towhee

Kansas Green: Greater Scaup

Show #2 Updates
Turkey Vultures are a better indicator of spring than American Robin because robins winter in a lot of the places where they occur, but vultures actually migrate.

Update
Texas had some pretty severe weather.

  • prior to the bad weather birds are pretty much out of sight
    • (Question for Austin) what do you think birds are doing to prep for the bad weather?
    • Congregate, head to wooded areas to get out of wind, fluff up for cold temps, weather the storm
  • Straight line winds with gusts of 75-80 mPH.

Austin’s Spring break?

  • Stayed home and did some birding
  • Grand Island, NE for friends gender reveal party
    • Stopped to see Sandhill Cranes during their migration
  • Listened to a great podcast about evolution in birds and how they don’t just select mates solely for the sake of fitness, but for beauty as well.
    • Radiolab – The Beauty Puzzle – 2/7/2019
  • Birded at Alcove Spring, KS on our way home
    • Exciting birds there

Let’s talk checklists!

  • Canada geese arrived for the first time down at my pond.  Two of ‘em.  First time I’ve observed them at my local pond.
    • Cormorants visit often.  Now Geese.  Pretty wild!
  • Tim birded at his mother-in-laws where she has a downy woodpecker come up to her feeder all the time.
    • Tim managed to get a good shot of a Downy Woodpecker’s tongue
      • Woodpecker tongues wrap around the skull (insert image)
      • Are barbed to help pull insects from cracks and crevices in 
  • Tim has enjoyed the bird diversity at his feeder.
    • Any bird can come at anytime.  It’s your responsibility to watch!
    • His wish has finally come true.  Cedar Waxwings arrived to his tree.  Along with Harris Sparrows.
  •  Austin has enjoyed a trip to Grand Island, NE (add weekly summary)
    •  Odd duck that I assumed to be a hybrid duck
  •  How I discovered that it was just a domestic species that was mixed in with a flock of Mallards
      • First checked Merlin for ducks that looked similar
      • Googled what I thought it was (American Black Duck X Mallard hybrid)
      • Asked on Kansas birding Facebook page for ID help
    •  Sandhill Crane migration
      • SACR migrate through Nebraska
      • Thousands of individuals
      • Crane sanctuary in Grand Island, NE

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