Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

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72 Spring 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Part XV 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; The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, allaboutbirds.org House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) A familiar backyard bird, the House Wren — which weighs about as much as two quarters — was named long ago for its tendency to nest near the homes of humans or in birdhouses. Very active and inquisitive, bouncing about with its short tail held up in the air, pausing to sing a rich bubbling song, it adds a lively spark to gardens and city parks despite its lack of bright colors. Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) This small songbird, with its brilliant orange-and-black breeding plumage, is a fiery gem of the treetops, known to nest as high as 80 feet above the ground. These members of the wood warbler family are known to perch on the topmost twig of a spruce, with males showing off the flaming orange of their throats as they sing a thin, wiry song. They are long-distance migrants, wintering in South America before the spring migration north. The species is considered "climate threatened" because of the cutting of forests in the tropics. Longevity? The oldest recorded Blackburnian Warbler was a male, at least 8 years, 2 months old when it was recaptured and re-released during banding operations in Minnesota. Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) This warbler usually keeps to the shady understory, but don't mistake that behavior for shyness. A birder who walks quietly on forest trails might actually observe it closely, methodically seeking insects while keeping in the same immediate area. The migrating bird, when spotted during the spring in North Carolina, is a likely new arrival from its winter berth in the Caribbean.

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