Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Autumn 2017 67 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 Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, allaboutbirds.org Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) This is a species made for camouflage, with gray, white, buff, and black colors that enable them to seemingly vanish as they land; their young are so well camouflaged that they're hard to find. In flight, look for a striking white blaze about two-thirds of the way out to the tip of their otherwise long, dark wings. During mornings and evenings, they can be spotted flying in looping patterns. Otherwise, they roost motionless on a tree branch, fencepost, or the ground. Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) These small long-winged aerialists with stocky bodies have been called "flying cigars." They fly with rapid wingbeats and are almost always airborne, twisting from side to side and banking erratically. When it does land, it can't perch but instead clings to vertical walls inside chimneys or in hollow trees or caves. In late summer, hundreds or even thousands can roost in a single large chimney, gathering in spectacular flocks overhead near dusk. Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) The deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white fronts are the telltale signs of tree swallows, a familiar sight in summer fields and wetlands as they chase after flying insects with acrobatic twists and turns, their steely blue-green feathers flashing in the sunlight. The popularity of the bluebird has been a boon to the species, which takes advantage of bluebird houses over much of North America. Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) Horned larks are social birds, sometimes found in huge flocks while creeping or running along bare ground searching for small seeds and insects. To find them, look for the barest ground around and scan the terrain carefully, watching for movement or for the birds to turn their black-and-yellow faces toward you. As for the "horns," they are little tufts of feathers, visible only at close range. Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) Follow the seed. Flocks of this tiny nomadic finch might monopolize a thistle feeder one winter and be absent the next as it ranges widely and erratically across the continent in response to seed crops. Pine siskins are brown and very streaky birds with subtle yellow edgings on wings and tails, flashes of which can erupt as they take flight. Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) The solitary sandpiper — a mid-sized shorebird — is commonly seen in migration along the banks of ponds and creeks. It is not truly solitary, but it does not migrate in large flocks the way other shorebirds do. If approached, it bobs nervously, then flies away with sharp whistled cries. HEAR THEIR CALLS! To listen to actual recordings go to: birds.audubon.org/birdid/ common-name

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