Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 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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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2019 71 HEAR THEIR CALLS! To listen to actual recordings go to: audubon.org/ bird-guide Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) These aerialists — with deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white front — have benefited from the popularity of the bluebird, since they nest in holes of exactly the same size and have taken advantage of bluebird houses over much of North America. Want to attract some? A nest box is key. In regions with no such ready supply of artificial nest sites, the swallows must compete with other cavity-nesting birds, arriving early in spring to stake out territories. Migrating tree swallows can form enormous flocks, gathering by the hundreds of thousands an hour before sunset and forming a dense cloud above a roost site (such as a cattail marsh or grove of small trees), swirling around like a living tornado. With each pass, more birds drop down until they are all settled on the roost. Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) The color of the clear blue sky, these warblers hop sky high through the upper canopy of eastern forests. The male cerulean warbler is a brilliant blue songbird with a cerulean neck band and streaks down the sides. Females are equally well-dressed, wearing a dusky hue of blue-green. These long- distance migrants breed in mature eastern deciduous forests and spend the winters in the Andes in South America. Their populations have declined dramatically due to habitat loss, with one estimate showing a decline of 72 percent between 1970 and 2014. Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) A tail-wagging yellow warbler with black streaks down its sides, the prairie warbler is found in scrubby fields and forests throughout the eastern and south-central United States. During breeding season in the Southeast, female prairie warblers commonly eat the eggshells after their young hatch, consuming the shells in 15 to 90 seconds. Prothonatory Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) The prothonotary warbler got its name from the bright yellow robes worn by papal clerks, known as prothonotaries, in the Roman Catholic Church. The brilliantly colored birds bounce along branches like a golden flashlight in the dim understory of swampy woodlands. This golden ray of light is unique among warblers with its beady black eye and blue-gray wings. The bird — often called a "swamp warbler" in the Southeast — is one of two warblers that build their nests in holes in standing dead trees.

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