By Barbara L. Davis
This box consultant takes you to the wasteland and grassland parts of Arizona, California, and New Mexico the place the complete variety of chicken species reaches a brilliant 440. integrated are 21 barren region birding sizzling spots, in-depth descriptions and behavioral details, eight chook charts, and masses extra.
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Habitat and Diet The Green Heron is a fairly common transient and winter resident in the Southwestern lowlands, with some birds remaining in the area throughout the summer. Although its habitat includes water sources such as swampy areas, fresh streams, ponds, irrigation canals, and shorelines, it chooses freshwater with trees for breeding habitat. Dressed in inconspicuous plumage, this little heron hunts from a snag just above the water’s edge. Then, suddenly with a lightning-fast thrust of the bill, it captures unsuspecting prey for a meal.
When Great Egrets are in colonies, they often duel over fishing rights, making a raucous with each other in the water. When feeding alone, they appear quite stately as they quietly go about their business. Nesting and Mating Behaviors The nest may be solitary or built among large colonies of other herons, cormorants, ibises, and pelicans. Nests may be constructed just above the water in tules, or in treetops fifty feet high. It is a rather flimsy platform type of nest, which is usually unlined.
It prefers open water with aquatic vegetation. Its diet consists of fish, frogs, snails, crawfish, and insects. This grebe is an expert diver and swimmer, and is extremely skilled at capturing prey under water. Supplemental Information I’m always pleased to see this tiny waterfowl, especially during breeding season when the ring on its bill is apparent. One day as I crossed a bridge over a small stream of water, I glanced down and noticed a Pied-billed Grebe swimming upstream with a small fish in its bill.
A Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest by Barbara L. Davis