Photo by dkbach/Pixabay.com • The common loon is a masterful diver and swimmer, but these birds are awkward and nearly helpless on land.
An early December snowstorm had deposited a blanket of snow over the landscape, but milder temperatures quickly melted the snow on roadways when a weary — or perhaps disoriented — traveler made a crash landing.
Complete disaster was avoided thanks to the efforts of Joe McGuiness, a resident of Erwin, Tennessee, as well as an employee of the U.S. Forest Service. Joe shared the story at a recent meeting of the Elizabethton Bird Club.
Joe discovered the stranded traveler just after he finished having lunch on Dec. 6. He looked out his window and saw a “dark blob” in the driveway.
Joe recognized that the blob was actually an immature common loon. As he went to investigate, the bird tried to slide downhill on some of the…
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Photo Courtesy of Fred Bergold • This pine siskin recovered after crashing into a window at the Utah home of Fred Bergold.
A recent email reminded me that some of the birds that visit us during the winter range far beyond our yards and gardens here in Northeast Tennessee.
I received an email from Fred Bergold, a reader who resides in Utah.
“This little warbler flew into our window,” Fred explained in his email, which arrived with photos attached. “My wife picked it off the deck and held it for about half an hour.”
The kind treatment worked. “When it got its bearings back, it flew to the top of our Colorado green spruce,” Fred wrote.
Photo by Bryan Stevens • Pine siskins feast on thistle seeds at a feeder.
“We feed the local wintering birds black oil sunflower seeds, which many species seem to like,’ Fred continued. “We live…
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