Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2019 71 Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) The name "semipalmated" refers to partial webbing between the bird's toes, but it is the behavior of these shore birds that catches the eye. They typically run a few steps, pause, then run again, pecking at the ground whenever they spot something edible. They, too, can be distinguished by the single band across their chests while tiptoeing along lake shores. The oldest recorded semipalmated plover was at least 9 years, 2 months old when it was recaptured and re-released during banding operations in Massachusetts. Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) Least sandpipers are the smallest of the small sandpipers known as "peeps"— not much bigger than a sparrow. They have distinctive yellow-green legs and a high-pitched creep call. They weigh in at about 1 ounce and measure just 5-6 inches long. As for longevity, the oldest least sandpiper on record was a female at least 15 years old. American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) This species — with its distinctive and familiar caw! sound — is thought to be among our most intelligent birds, and the success of the %QIVMGERGVS[MREHETXMRKXSGMZMPM^EXMSR[SYPHWIIQXSGSR½VQXLMW They do not breed until they are at least two years old, and most wait until they are four or more. In most populations, the young help their parents raise young for a few years in families with as many as 15 members. Crows, too, can make and use tools, with one captive crow spotted using a cup to carry water to a bowl of dry mash, shaping a piece of wood and then sticking it into a hole in a fence post in search of food, and breaking off pieces of pine cone to drop on tree climbers near a nest. A captive crow in New York lived to be 59 years old. Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Beautiful and unique, this species — the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl — was thought to be threatened with extinction early in the 20th century, largely because of loss of nest sites due to cutting of large trees and hunting. Legal protections and provision of nest boxes helped its recovery. The oldest known wood duck: a male at least 22 years, 6 months old. HEAR THEIR CALLS! To listen to actual recordings go to: audubon.org/ bird-guide Õ Ò

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