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  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    Thank you so much for this course. 1.  Birds matter to me because of the beauty they bring to the world and the value they provide to the ecosystem. 2. I'm continuously trying to limit my use of plastic, but it's really hard.  I'm interested in finding shade-grown coffee.  Most importantly, I'm in the process of making my backyard a very bird-friendly habitat by finding some native shrubs to add to the trees I already have growing. 4.  I keep trying to find new birding locations.  I'd like to try another course, perhaps something related to waterfowl.
  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    I observed several bird cams so that I could closely see what they're doing.  I saw a lot of blue jays, and they were interesting because they seemed to get several seeds in their beaks before they swallowed them.  The goldfinch, titmouse and cardinals were comfortable to sit on the feeder and enjoy the food.  The chickadee grabbed a seed very quickly and then flew back to a safe spot. A group of pine siskins came to the feeder, and it was cool to see them watching constantly for threats.  I was also happy to finally see a northern royal albatross on the webcam, and it was preening.
  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    Activity 3 - I'm so glad that the American Goldfinch was an example to view here. I've been seeing a bird at my feeder recently that I couldn't identify.  Turns out that it's a goldfinch.  Their feathers are so much more muted in the Fall/Winter.  The brilliant yellow becomes more gray/tan. The loon followed a similar trend where the color on its head is less bold. Activity 4 - At my local waterfowl preserve, Canada Geese are a year-round attraction.  In December, I could also expect to see Mallards, Wood Ducks, and possibly see a loon or even green-winged teal.  Other birds that will be in the trees surrounding the area are American crows, mourning doves, and song sparrows. In June, the geese, mallards, and wood ducks will still be around.  It is a hot spot for chimney swallows and spotted sandpipers, barn swallows, and great blue herons.
  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    Activity 1 - I was interested in seeing the most likely time to see birds in Pennsylvania.  Many I noticed simply pass through during migration, but it was cool to see some breed in our area and others that are here in the Mid-Atlantic states all year. I also found it interesting that some birds migrate in different routes, while most seem to fly North and South on the same route.  I noticed one bird that flew up the West coast on it's way north, but came back through the mountains when it returned after breeding. Finally, I liked how you could see cool feats using the animation.  One bird flew up through Mexico, but then seemed to disappear.  Suddenly the migration appeared in the southern US.  You can notice how it flew directly over the Caribbean.
  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    I watched the Cornell Feeder Cam for a different experience from my normal feeders. 1.  I observed mostly mourning doves, and I saw several red-winged blackbirds and starlings.  The blackbirds were the most aggressive and even pushed out the northern cardinal that showed up. 2.  I definitely spotted a lot of the most like birds today.  The coolest was a turkey vulture that landed near my son and I as we were walking.  It seemed to be enjoying a meal and didn't want to leave.
  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    My 6 year-old son is really wanting to see a Green Heron.  So far, only Great Blues...
  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    1.  I identified a house finch from shape and color.  It was tricky because so many of the sparrows and house finches look alike.  I'm wondering if molting makes a difference in identifying. 3. I noticed sparrows and chickadees coming to my birdfeeder.  They would come for some seeds, fill up, and retreat to a nearby tree. Then, they would repeat. 4. I love Carolina Chickadees.  They are smaller than sparrows.  They have a black crown/nape and black throat.  The back is gray with a whitish belly.  In PA, they seem to be at the top of their range and they go further south in the US East Coast.  Their sound is a squeaky whistle.
  • Kyle
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    milbrand77
    My favorite birds in the neighborhood right now are the ruby-throated hummingbird and the great blue heron.  They're favorites in our family because we waited a long time to see them.  It took a while for our feeder to attract the hummingbird and the heron wasn't always visible early in the spring at our local waterfowl preserve.  They're both unique and beautiful birds.
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