Although the northern mockingbird sings virtually nonstop—even sometimes at night—it doesn’t have a song of its own.
The other unique feature is that the lower half of its bill is longer than the top half. It may be the world’s most noteworthy under-bite.
Common grackles invading your backyard is like the old Hollywood Westerns where the gang of outlaws rides in, takes over the town and bullies the townsfolk.
Is there ever a bird species that a birder would prefer not to see? We probably shouldn’t admit it, but the answer in our case is yes. Actually, there are two. When we lived in St. Petersburg, we had to stop putting out our feeders because of a flock of large, colorful but aggressive wild… Continue reading Common Grackle
A BOOBIE LEGACY That same sun was setting over another island. This one sat hundreds of miles away and in another part of the Pacific Ocean. There, a group of boobies gathered around a patch of sand surrounded by a tall rock formation. A small, young boobie, little bigger than a chick, named Lil’ Dool,… Continue reading The Long Flight Home—CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE