Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2019 71 HEAR THEIR CALLS! To hear their calls and songs, and to learn more, go to: audubon.org/bird-guide Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) These tiny, energy-filled birds are a frequent visitor to backyard feeders. Look along trunks and branches of trees for a bird wandering up, down, and sideways over the bark, and keep your eyes peeled for the red-breasted nuthatch's bold black- and-white face pattern. They often show little fear of humans and might come very close to a person standing quietly in a grove. Black & White Warbler (Mniotilta varia) This bird — generally easy to recognize — was once known as the "black-and-white creeper," since it climbs about the trunks of trees in search of insects, a behavior more akin to a nuthatch or creeper than a warbler. Its diet consists of caterpillars, including those of gypsy moths; beetles; ants; flies; bugs; and aphids; as well as such spiders as daddy longlegs. As warblers go, black-and-white warblers can be combative, attacking other species that enter their territory. Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) This eastern flycatcher, with its raspy "phoebe" call, is a year-round resident of North Carolina. In 1804, it became the first banded bird in America, when John Audubon tied a silvered thread to its leg to track its annual return. As a species, they are into recycling, often reusing their nests or renovating those of the American robin or barn swallow. Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) This species is appropriately named. Many so-called dabbling ducks use their flat bills to strain food from the water's surface, but the big spatulate bill of the northern shoveler is adapted to take this habit to the extreme. Flocks of shovelers often swim with their big bills barely submerged in front of them, straining food from the muddy soup of shallow waters. And don't let their heavy-set builds fool you. These birds are good fliers. The oldest recorded northern shoveler was a male, at least 16 years, 7 months old when found in Nevada.

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