Birds know better

February 19, 2014

[Species?] on a sign; distributed by USFWS; photo by Allie Stewart.

Eastern phoebe on a sign; distributed by USFWS; photo by Allie Stewart.

Borrowed from the Facebook page of USFWS Southeast Region:

This one is for the birds, or should we say bird watchers! In 2011 there were 47 million birders who generated $107 billion in industry output, 660,000 jobs and $13 billion in local, state and federal tax revenue. Take a look our birding report to learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1d0W06i (Photo: Allie Stewart)

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Birdbrains, in Canyonlands National Park

May 6, 2013

Bewick's Wrens nesting in skull of a bull, Canyonlands NP

From Canyonlands NP Facebook page: “View from the Maze: A pair of Bewick’s Wrens makes a nest in the brain cavity of an old bull’s skull. Where bovine ruminations once roamed a quick feathered flickering now prevails. If your skull ended up in a tree what species of bird would you like your brain cavity to host? (GC)”

Years ago in the Salt Lake Valley my sister Annette had a home on Wren Road.

One day she and a friend watched birds scurrying all over the property, plucking nesting materials.  “I wonder what kind of birds those are,” my sister said.

“Did you ever wonder why they named it ‘Wren Road?'” her friend replied.

If you want your bird watching friends to think you’re experienced at it, remember Bewick’s, as in “Bewick’s wren,”  is pronounced like the automobile, “Buick’s.”

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