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Baltimore Orioles Smiling on Niagara Region

Animal News Flash, Ontario (CANADA): Maybe you have seen a Baltimore Oriole in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada… …It is more likely you have not seen one, as they are a more rare species of bird to see nowadays, unlike when I was a youngster growing up here, for many probable reasons. However, this bird is not considered to be endangered or threatened. A talented photography friend of mine, Bonnie Harris, captured this marvelously vivid shot of a Baltimore Oriole right here in Southern Ontario, and I wanted to share this beautiful picture with you. Of course, you may have gathered that the [ ... ]

Robins Protecting Dead Bird

It is unfortunate that a bird died hitting one of our windows of our home the other day, and fell beneath a tree. Every time I walked outside, there were 3 or 4 robins surrounding this particular bird under the tree that had died. We are in Ontario, Canada. They were literally protecting it from squirrels, cats and other birds that were trying to check it out. I thought it might just be my imagination, but throughout the remainder of the day, they continued to do the exact same thing, as though they were protecting its lifeless corpse. Maybe this was an especially important [ ... ]

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker Sighting in Dallas

Out of all the exotic animals I’ve ever seen, for the first time in my life, I saw a woodpecker in person. I’ve seen photos, heard them pecking, videos and know a bit about them, but have never seen one before. I’m from Canada, so I’m sure there are more varieties there, but here in Dallas, there was a tiny, black with white speckled woodpecker with a touch of red on it’s head. I’ve done my research online and found out that it’s a Ladder-Backed Woodpecker! I knew it was a woodpecker from it’s tuft of hair on the back of it’s head, it’s [ ... ]

A Black-Throated Magpie Jay in Dallas Today

I’ve been enjoying the bird life we have around our new property in Dallas in Lower Greenville. We’ve got some beautiful cardinals with young, blue jays, cute, little sparrows and miscellaneous brown birds I haven’t completely identified yet. However, this morning I thought I saw a blue jay in the tree from our kitchen window. I kept watching it and low and behold, it wasn’t shadows on his blue color. He was a grey, black and white jay with a long tail! Quickly, I ran to get my camera and when I returned to the window, he was gone. I looked all over online for [ ... ]

Sad Day for an Owl in Dallas

We play sand volleyball every weekend in Dallas, and often go to Yucatan in Coppell, Texas, but went across the street to Lone Star on Saturday. They were having a collegiate sand volleyball tournament, so we set up our games on a back court. They have some nets on the sides where the fences are to keep the volleyballs in, so they don’t go into the industrial stuff next to it – it’s got dense bush and a stream, I think…You’d never get your $50 volleyball back! What was sad to me was that there was a large owl that apparently got stuck [ ... ]

Black Birds in Dallas – What’s That About?

If you live in Dallas, you’ll know exactly what I mean… They’re everywhere!!! There are many different visible species of these “black birds”…In fact one of them has a chocolate hugh; there are some with a blue hugh – some are larger, some are smaller… Now, they’re not crows and they’re not the black birds I remember from Canada… So What? Well, I want to strongly caution you to ever park under a tree in a parking lot – that space is empty for a reason. There can be upwards of 100 of these very loud birds per tree, and you’ll see them lined up on [ ... ]

Owls in Dallas

We were out at Yucatan’s Sand Volleyball on Monday night in Dallas and it was really cold out… I was just watching them play, and in between plays I would look off into the trees in the distance, or see if I could spot a bunny or two running around behind the back courts. After seeing a few bats I noticed a very large bird flying… It was certainly an owl – a large owl at that – and such graceful flight! I have no idea what kind of owl it was as it was in the distance, but I watching it fly for [ ... ]

Swooping Magpies in Australia

I’ve never been so scared of a bird before… In fact, I’ve never been scared of a bird before this! When I lived in Western Australia, I was there to play softball. So, I jogged in the mornings each day. The very first morning I went out through our neighborhood alone, I was shocked to see the amazing wildlife, parrots everywhere covering trees, a kangaroo or two, some kookaburras, some lizards and lots of flies! LOL… …But there were these large birds called magpies, or “maggies” as their nicknamed there. They are large like a big seagulls with pointy beaks, but are black and white [ ... ]

Cassowary of the Great Barrier Reef

A Cassowary is a flightless Australian bird, and is native to the tropical forests of New Guinea. It’s funny because Australia has another flightless bird, the emu, making it and the cassowary the 2nd and 3rd largest flightless birds in the world, behind Africa’s ostrich. Females are larger than males and are more vividly colored, and may reach up to 2 meters tall! That’s a big bird! Known to be a timid bird, it can inflict serious injury to human adults, and fatal injury to dogs and children. They have 3 toes and extremely sharp talons/claws. Check out this great, but short, video showing [ ... ]

Roseate Terns of the Great Barrier Reef Islands

The Great Barrier Reef boasts 215 species of birds, including 22 species of seabirds, and shorebirds numbering 32 species. The Roseate Tern is considered a seabird plentiful on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, especially Lady Elliot Island. Instead of nesting in nests in trees, they make a hollow under dense vegetation to roost. They make good use of the ocean, however, by diving in to grab fish out of the water, and does not prefer fresh water for feeding. They may bathe in fresh water lagoons inland. Roseate terns don’t mind stealing fish from other seabirds, which is atypical for sterns, and [ ... ]