What’s Up? – The Heat of Summer and Travel Plans

Originally posted on H.J. Ruiz – Avian101:
The Heat of Summer and Travel Plans Now that we are in the summer season, every day is hot, over 90ºF at the peak of the day. At least we can feel some relief during short summer rains. It’s good for the plants and flowers too. We have a daily concurrence of birds for the feeders. They eat… Continue reading What’s Up? – The Heat of Summer and Travel Plans

Bird’s ID -Laughing Gull

Originally posted on H.J. Ruiz – Avian101:
Laughing Gull The Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is a medium-sized gull of North and South America. Named for its laugh-like call, it is an opportunistic omnivore and scavenger. It breeds in large colonies mostly along the Atlantic coast of North America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.  This species is easy to identify. It is 36–41 cm (14–16 in)… Continue reading Bird’s ID -Laughing Gull

Bird’s ID – West Peruvian Dove

Originally posted on H.J. Ruiz – Avian101:
West Peruvian Dove The West Peruvian Dove  (Zenaida meloda) was first described in 1843 by the Swiss naturalist Johann Jakob Baron von Tschudi. It is closely related to the North American White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) but is now considered a separate species by ornithologists due to genetic and behavioral differences. Specimens are brownish-gray above and gray below,… Continue reading Bird’s ID – West Peruvian Dove