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The Northern Mockingbird: Part One (Mimus polyglottos)

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The Northern Mockingbird: Part One (Mimus polyglottos)

Photo by Doris Evans Article By Jon Friedman Mimidae Mockingbirds belong to the family of birds called Mimidae (MIM-ih-dee) which includes 31 species in the Western Hemisphere and to which eleven call North America home. Other members include the catbirds and the thrashers, some warblers and vireos, thrushes, and starlings among others. Parrots and mynahs, other well-known non-Mimidae “mimics,” have only been found to copy vocalizations in captivity. By comparison, the average male Marsh Warbler mimics seventy-six other species. In fact, sonographic studies of this bird’s songs have shown that almost the entire repertoire has been pilfered from other birds....

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Montezuma Quail

Montezuma Quail

By Jon Friedman   I have always been keenly interested in the quail in Southern Arizona; we are blessed with four distinct species of quail: Scaled, Gambel’s, Black-masked Bobwhite and Montezuma. Over the years, I have written articles that, at least in part, give good descriptions of these birds. Especially the Gambel’s, which is the most numerous and easiest to see in the Tucson area. In fact, I have written several long articles about Gambel’s Quail. However, the species that I find most interesting, for a variety of reasons, is the Montezuma Quail. Their historical range was mostly concentrated in...

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Colin Rees Ornithology and Climate Change

Colin Rees  Ornithology and Climate Change

By Jon Friedman   In wildness is the preservation of the world - Thoreau       Introduction – From the Beginning Regular readers of my articles, particularly in recent years, have come to understand that I see informing them of educational information, besides basic bird identification and behavior, is part of my objective. I have been writing about birds from various viewpoints and think it important to present material from a historical perspective, and in doing so have written about localized bird history and viewpoints from important past ornithologists and naturalists, such as Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau, John...

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Gale Sherman Wildlife Artist & Author- A Photography & Artwork Essay

Gale Sherman Wildlife Artist & Author-  A Photography & Artwork Essay

Foreword by Jon Friedman I first met Gale about 20 years ago, when she came to The Wild Bird Store as a birder needing supplies. After our initial introduction, we became “bird friends” and with each repeat visit to the store, I learned more about her and her passion for wildlife. Soon thereafter, she allowed us to publish a little photo essay of her then-resident female roadrunner, Sweetie. Along with her husband, Steve, she has traveled the world photographing native wildlife in their natural habitat. Over the years, they have traveled the deserts and polar regions and much in between!...

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Feeding Wintering Birds in Southern Arizona

Feeding Wintering Birds in Southern Arizona

By Jon Friedman (This article was recently updated from its original 2011 publication in The Wild Bird Store Newsletter.) Jon's Yard   Introduction Birders know that Southeastern Arizona provides some of the premier bird watching experiences in North America, and this presents year round opportunities as every season offers excellent birding. Winter birding can be every bit as satisfying as any other season. Backyard birding may be birding at its casual best, yet an astonishing number of species can be attracted to our feeders and houses. The general rule of thumb is that the wider variety of food types you...

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