Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

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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58 Winter 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Part XIV Birder's 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 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) This is probably the most common hawk in North America, identified via its very broad, rounded wings and a short, wide tail. If you've got sharp eyes, you'll see several on almost any long car ride, sometimes soaring above open fields and slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. It is also commonly seen perched on roadside poles, with its trademark reddish-brown tail. Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) This secretive little bird, resembling a plump round ball with a stubby tail, often creeps about among fallen logs and dense tangles, behaving more like a mouse than a bird and remaining out of sight until the tiny ball of energy lets loose with a rich cascade of bubbly notes. It sports a palette of browns with dark barring on the wings, tail, and belly. It habitually holds its tiny tail straight up and bounces up and down. White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) This species — often spotted upside down on trees — is readily attracted to bird feeders for sunflower seeds or suet and spends much of its time industriously carrying seeds away to hide them in crevices. They get their common name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp bill to "hatch" out the seed from the inside. White-breasted nuthatches may be small, but their voices are loud, and often their insistent nasal yammering will lead you right to them.

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