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  • Joe
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    Woodpeckers are truly amazing birds. Their bills can chisel away live wood, their super long tongues can penetrate deep inside crevices and snag larvae with their specialized tips. Woodpeckers are both colourful and matched incredibly to the task.
  • Joe
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    I was surprised that there were that many species of woodpeckers and the bright colours that some of them have.
  • Joe
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    3. i have seen many crows in Ontario Canada, but not many ravens. went i was on a trip to Northern Alberta near a glacier there were ravens in the parking lot at the visitor centre. i was honestly surprised at how big they were.  significantly bigger than any crow I've seen. The Ravens, there were 3, were very smart and patient waiting for visitors to drop a piece of food or rummage through the garbage cans. Now that I am back in Ontario, i've noticed many more Ravens. their croaks are distinctive and much different than a crow's caw.
    in reply to: What is a Crow? #988605
  • Joe
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    I once saw an owl at dusk near the Ottawa River when we were on a White Water Rafting trip. It was an awesome sight. Now that I have spent some time with this course, I believe it was a Barred Owl. It lives in that habitat. Some people from Puru who were on the trip, said that it was a bad omen to see an Owl. I thought it was incredibly cool.
    in reply to: Who Is That Owl? #833916
  • Joe
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    I have loved birds from a young age. My mother used to teach us about robins, cardinals and blue jays. I am happy to report that there are still many of them where I live. Birds are important to me because they are everywhere. They have influenced and attracted humans for centuries. We eat them (chicken, ducks, etc) and use their feathers and down. The Romans had Eagle’s on their war flags, falcons were used by the kings, the Bald Eagle is Official bird of the USA and a symbol of strength, focus, freedom and stealth. The Canada Goose and the Loon are enduring symbols of Canada, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Eagles  and others adorn our professional sports teams. Hundreds of companies worldwide use birds as the name or symbols for their companies. Birds have inspired humans to fly and be free. They have taught us lessons of flight and engineering. Birds are important to the human race and we should be doing everything we can to keep their numbers high and abundant.
  • Joe
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    I participated in Activity #2 without even knowing about it. I took the eBird essentials course a week ago and as per a recommendation, I signed up for a rare birds alert. To my surprise this week an alert came in. It was several sightings of a rare bird called a Piping Plover. It was at a Wildlife Reserve about 25 minutes away. I’ve never even known about this place before but made a date with my daughter to visit the Reserve at 5 am to see the sunrise and do some birding. We saw the sunrise and 2 Blue Herons, deer, many ducks and birds, then we actually came across the rare Plover foraging in the sand. We checked the pictures and Bird ID info. We matched the song and chirps up with sound bytes. We took pictures and were so giddy and happy to see such a rare, precious little bird. It made for a great memory with my daughter.
  • Joe
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    I have a fairly big pond close to my house that has some marshy bits. It is surrounded by some coniferous and deciduous trees and close to some open fields. It has a variety of birds including red winged blackbirds, song sparrows, grackles, robins, tree swallows, goldfinches, a blue heron occasionally, mallards, Canadian geese and others. Down at the lake, about 15 minutes away there are a wide variety of birds, from swans, wood ducks, ibis, herons, gulls and other shore birds to yellow warblers, scarlet tanagers, blue jays, cardinals, bank swallows, mergansers, loons sapsuckers and woodpeckers. Birds are everywhere. Sometimes great varieties of birds are fairly close if you change the habitat a little.
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