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Birding During the Pandemic by Jon Friedman

The Situation As It Is  We need to count our blessings and continue to have hope while struggling to adapt to alterations in our everyday living until this pandemic we are experiencing finally reaches its end. None of the experts can accurately predict when that will be, but I think it’s safe to say, that we will have to be patient and wait it out as best we can. When that will be is anyone’s guess at this point. I am thankful to be living in modern American society, but I worry about all those throughout the world living in crowded and basically unhealthy conditions. Certain areas are prone to much more disastrous outcomes. The...

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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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