Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2018 73 Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) This member of the wood warbler family — handsome and familiar — picked up its name by chance, since pioneer ornithologist Alexander Wilson in 1810 happened to spot his first one in a southern magnolia tree in Mississippi during migration. He actually used the English name "Black-and-yellow Warbler" and used "magnolia" for the Latin species name, which became the common name over time. They are small and very active but not as difficult to observe as some warblers, because they often stay low in shrubbery and short trees. Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) This medium sized shorebird — a member of the sandpiper family — is slender and long-legged, readily showing off the brightly colored legs that give it its name It is an active feeder, often running through the shallow water to chase its prey. It is said to differ from its larger siblings — the Greater Yellowlegs — because of its preference for smaller ponds and larger flocks, and it often seems rather tame. Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) They have what's been described as chucky bodies and large heads, compact raptors whose broad wings come to a distinct point and whose tails are short and square. They migrate in large flocks or "kettles" that may contain several individuals or thousands, often soaring on thermal air currents. Scientists once used satellite transmitters to track four Broad-winged Hawks as they migrated south in the fall. The hawks migrated an average of 4,350 miles to northern South America, traveling 69 miles each day. Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) In the South, these birds were once known as "ricebirds" since they used to cause serious damage to rice fields given their preference for grains. They are related to blackbirds and orioles, and they have a similar shaped, sharply pointed bill and prefer to inhabit meadows and hayfields in the summer. Bobolinks are striking. No other North American bird has a white back and black underparts — what some describe as a bird wearing a tuxedo backwards. What's more, they like to travel. The bobolink is one of the world's most impressive songbird migrants, traveling some 12,500 miles to and from southern South America every year. HEAR THEIR CALLS! To listen to actual recordings go to: audubon.org/bird-guide

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