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  1. Kildale

    Kildale Nature's Window

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    A California quail for todays showing.

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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I love these little birds with their plumed 'hats' - they always make me smile. :-D
     
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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    I wonder why they developed that plumed hat? Maybe it's a sign of attractiveness / health among the species?
     
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    The Hairy woodpecker is our choice today. Many people mistake this bird with the downy, especially at a distance. For this reason I put together one of each, on the same part of a tree to show the difference. The beaks are the best ID. More if any questions.

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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Clearly there is a difference but at a distance I can see why people would get them confused.
     
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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Very similar-looking birds. The red patch is unique also?
     
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    Hi Frank, both the Hairy and Downy woodpecker males have the red on the back of the head.
     
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    I fell in love with the quail. It's such a cutie. :D
     
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    A smaller bird today. This one is quite friendly, if I go near a window or go outside he comes over to me. I hand feed him a few times a day. Male Ruby crowned kinglet.

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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    This little bird is so delicate it makes me wonder how they survive winter weather. I was reading a book the other day that said small birds can lower their body temperatures to just above zero whilst roosting at night to stop themselves freezing. I never knew they could do that.
     
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    Hummingbirds are one of the birds that do that. They are here all year round and sometimes we have a cold spell. Look at this male Anna's.

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    You can't help feeling sorry for a tiny bird like that when you see it all fluffed up in the bitterly cold weather.
     
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    We are on the water for todays bird, actually we have two birds and three pictures for you this time. I thought the first two would be interesting showing the male hooded mergansers fan-shaped, collapsible crest both up and down. The third image is the male and female.

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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The Mergansers have got to be one of my all time favourite water birds. They are so striking!!
     
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    We have three mergansers around this area. Usually I don't get as close as I did today.
     

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