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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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2018 59 Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) Don't let the name fool you. Screech-owls do not screech. Rather, the voice of this species features whinnies and soft trills. These robin-sized night birds are common over much of the East, but their human neighbors are often unaware of their presence, since the owls spend the day roosting in holes or in dense cover, becoming active at dusk. These supremely camouflaged, pint-sized birds, however, are willing to inhabit backyard nest boxes. HEAR THEIR CALLS! To listen to actual recordings go to: audubon.org/bird-guide Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicate) These medium-sized, pudgy species — among the most widespread shorebirds in North America — have short, stocky legs and can be spotted foraging by methodically probing in muddy ground for earthworms and other invertebrates.Yet these members of the Sandpiper family can be tough to see thanks to their cryptic brown and buff coloration and secretive nature. Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitaries) This small songbird with yellowish flanks will sing a broken series of slurred notes, with each phrase ending in either a down slur or an upswing, as if the bird asks a question, then answers it, over and over. This songbird was once lumped as a "solitary vireo" with the more western plumbeous and Cassin's vireos, but is now considered a separate species. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the red-winged blackbird is a familiar sight along soggy roadsides and on telephone wires. They are notably bold, and several will often attack a larger bird, such as a hawk or crow, that flies over their nesting area. The red shoulder patches of the male, hidden under body feathers much of the time, are brilliantly displayed when he is singing. Above is a female with its less distinctive brown streaking. Outside the nesting season, red-wings sometimes roost in huge concentrations.

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