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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The bird that's also a Migratory Tourist


 


Barn  Swallows
The Barn Swallow is on its way back to South America – after having been in North America all spring and summer!  It’s the only bird found here, that’s also been seen in every single South American country. This cousin of the Purple Martin winters only as far north as Costa Rica, and as far south as Tierra del Fuego (almost to Antarctica).

 

 


Killdeer
Useless trivia ?       Unless you’re a Killdeer. Newborn Killdeer have all their feathers, unlike most birds. This is called “precosial” which could help you if you’re ever a contestant on JEOPARDY.  (Killdeer are fairly common around here)

 

 

OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.