Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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70 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Part XVIII Birderʼs Guide North Carolina is home to an abundance of bird species. Here are some of the more common varieties you can expect to spot within the Piedmont region PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF BRENDAN KLICK /CAROLINA BIRD CLUB EDITOR'S NOTE: The Carolina Bird Club, the pre-eminent group for birders in the Carolinas, was founded in 1937 and has more than 900 members. For more information, visit carolinabirdclub.org. SOURCES: The Audubon Society, adapted from Ken Kaufman's "Lives of North American Birds." audubon.org/field-guide Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) You'd be hard-pressed to see the few orange feathers atop the head of this otherwise plain grayish to olive-green bird. But in winter, when most warblers are deep in the tropics, orange-crowns are common in the South. As for singing, these birds, or rather, breeding males, often form "song neighborhoods," with up to a half-a-dozen birds in adjacent territories learning and mimicking one another's songs. These "neighborhood" songs can persist for years. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) This majestic looking bird, the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people much longer, was once a threatened species. Today, its numbers replenished after gaining legal protection, Bald Eagles reside near rivers and streams, close to one of their preferred sources of food — fish — which they often seize from other birds by chasing them and getting them to drop their catch. It is for this reason that Benjamin Franklin expressed a preference for the Wild Turkey as a national emblem. "I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as a representative of our country," he wrote. "He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly." Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) This quintessential owl of storybooks, with its deep hooting voice, earlike turfs, and yellow-eyed stare, is actually a powerful predator, capable to taking down hawks and rabbits larger than itself. Their coat of soft feathers insulate them against winter's cold, as well as helps them fly quietly in pursuit of prey. And curiously, their eyes do not move in their sockets, but they can swivel their heads more than 180 degrees to look in any direction. Their aggressive hunting has earned them the nickname "tiger owl."

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