Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 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 | Summer 2018 61 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) The dapper spotted sandpiper is a standout among notoriously difficult-to-identify shorebirds. They occur all across North America, they are distinctive in looks and actions, and they're handsome. They also have intriguing social lives in which females take the lead and males raise the young. With their richly spotted breeding plumage, teetering gait, stuttering wingbeats, and showy courtship dances, this bird is among the most memorable shorebirds in North America. Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) Northern flickers — year-round inhabitants of North Carolina — are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don't be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It's not where you'd expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly, you'll see a flash of color in the wings — yellow if you're in the East, red if you're in the West — and a bright white flash on the rump. Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested cormorants, found in almost any aquatic habitat, have had a population history of ups and downs, including a fall-off in the 1960s — attributed to the effects of pesticides — and a rebound after DDT was banned in 1972. These dark, long-bodied diving birds, with thin neck and raised bill, float low in the water. Their now large numbers have prompted some wildlife management agencies to cull nests because of concerns that the species might crowd out other water birds. Still, the Audubon Society now ranks the double- crested cormorant as "climate threatened." Sora (Porzana Carolina) This secretive brown-and-gray marsh bird is hesitant to show itself, but when it finally pokes its head out of the reeds, its bright yellow bill might remind you of candy corn. And though it might not seem like it, because seeing a sora takes some effort, the sora is the most abundant and widespread rail in North America. HEAR THEIR CALLS! To listen to actual recordings go to: audubon.org/bird-guide

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