Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Bird #75: Peregrine Falcon



Common Name: Peregrine Falcon

Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus

Description: 15-20 inches; upperparts blue-dark grey; dark mask; underparts heavily barred; yellow legs; long narrow tail; long pointed wings; wingspan of 29-47 inches. Females: up to 30% larger than males. Juveniles: upperparts brown; underparts yellowish with brownish streaks.

Peregrine Falcons are the fastest birds on Earth, and have been clocked at speeds, while diving, of over 200mph.

Habitat: were ever its prey can be found – cities; coastlines; wetlands etc.

Statue: Migrant; Wintering Resident

References:

Websites:
·         Wikipedia
·          All about Birds
·         Whatbird.com








Sunday, 27 October 2013

Bird #74: Upland Sandpiper



Common Name: Upland Sandpiper
Scientific Name: Bartramia longicauda
Description: 11-12.5 inches; head small; bill short; neck long; upperparts brownish with black markings; underparts whitish; legs long yellowish; long tail- tail extends beyond wing tips.  

Habitat: Grasslands; pastures.
Statue: Migrant

References:

Websites:
·         Wikipedia
·         Whatbird.com
·         Nj.gov






Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bird #73: Common Greenshank





Common Name: Common Greenshank


Scientific Name: Tringa nebularia


Description: 12.5 inches; bill slightly upturn with a thick base; V shape visible above rump in flight; underparts whitish; upperparts greyish brown; flecked. Non-Breeding: Legs greenish yellow. Breeding: Streaked on neck and head.


Habitat: Mud Flaps


Statue: Vagrant; breeds in parts of Europe and winters in Africa


References




Websites

·         Birds in Backyards

·         Wikipedia

    Photographs taken at The Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge. ( please excuse the poor quality of the photographs)
Common Greenshank (L)
 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Bird #72: White-winged Tern




Common Name: White-winged Tern aka White-winged Black Tern

Scientific Name: Chlidonias leucopterus

Description: 81/2 - 9 inches; breeding: underwings whitish; bill black; tail white; underparts, breast and head black; under tail covert whitish; Non-breeding: most of black replace by whitish grey plumage; crowned speckled; white forehead; dark patch by ear; underparts whitish. Juveniles:  white collar.

Habitat: fresh water swamps; mashes. Breeds in Europe and winters in Africa.

Statue: vagrant; one of our Eurasian visitors.  

References:

Websites:
·         Wikipedia
·          Audubon.org
·         Birdforum.net

     Photographs taken at The Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge. ( please excuse the poor quality of the photographs)








Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Bird #71:Yellow-billed Cuckoo




Common Name: Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Coccyzus americanus

Description: 11-12.5 inches; bill yellow at the base; down curved; yellow eye ring; upperparts greyish brown; underparts white.

Habitat: Wooded areas;

Statue: Yearly Migrants: mainly during southbound migration (October-November) best location to observe this species is at Harrison’s Point St Lucy

References: