Big Bird Celebration this weekend! Of course, I delight in the birds everyday, but this Saturday is when the rest of the people in the World applaud the Birds. I encourage You to get involved on some level even if it is just throwing some birdseed out on the ground! I have included a few items from the Google Index if you want ideas. (Please see the index for many more entries on the subject: International Migratory Bird Day) I have made some special treats to hang around the yard on Saturday for my song birds. I got some peanuts for the bluejays and crows. And, I am going to pop some popcorn! Yes, I have corn chips for the squirrels. Ready to Party-
The Birds of Rainbow Creek are going to 'party down'! Join us in Spirit and Soar!
FROM THE GOOGLE INDEX:
Migrating through my skies now: This regal Kite:
Bird of prey
Classification by ancestry
- Accipitridae: hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites and Old World vultures
- Pandionidae: the osprey (sometimes classified as subfamily Pandioninae of the previous family)
- Sagittariidae: the secretary bird
- Falconidae: falcons and caracaras
- Cathartidae: New World vultures including condors.
- Eagles tend to be large birds with long, broad wings and massive feet. Booted eagles have legs and feet feathered to the toes and build very large stick nests.
- Ospreys, a single species found worldwide that specializes in catching fish and builds large stick nests.
- Kites have long wings and relatively weak legs. They spend much of their time soaring. They will take live vertebrate prey, but mostly feed on insects or even carrion.
- The true hawks are medium-sized birds of prey that usually belong to the genus Accipiter (see below). They are mainly woodland birds that hunt by sudden dashes from a concealed perch. They usually have long tails for tight steering.
- Buzzards are medium-large raptors with robust bodies and broad wings, or, alternatively, any bird of the genus Buteo(also commonly known as "hawks" in North America).
- Harriers are large, slender hawk-like birds with long tails and long thin legs. Most use a combination of keen eyesight and hearing to hunt small vertebrates, gliding on their long broad wings and circling low over grasslands and marshes.
- Vultures are carrion-eating raptors of two distinct biological families: the (Accipitridae), which only occurs in the Eastern Hemisphere; and the (Cathartidae), which only occurs in the Western Hemisphere. Members of both groups have heads either partly or fully devoid of feathers.
- Falcons are medium-size birds of prey with long pointed wings. Unlike most other raptors, they belong to theFalconidae, rather than the Accipitridae. Many are particularly swift flyers. Instead of building their own nests, falcons appropriate the old nests of other birds; but, sometimes, they lay their eggs on cliff ledges or in tree hollows. Caracarasare a distinct subgroup of the Falconidae unique to the New World, and most common in the Neotropics – their broad wings, naked faces and appetites of a generalist suggest some level of convergence with either the Buteos or thevulturine birds, or both.
- Owls are variable-sized, typically night-specialized hunting birds. They fly almost silently due to special feather structure to reduce turbulence. They have particularly acute hearing.
- Subfamily Elaninae
- Genus Elanus
- Genus Chelictinia
- Scissor-tailed Kite, Chelictinia riocourii
- Genus Machaerhamphus
- Bat Hawk, Machaerhamphus alcinus
- Genus Gampsonyx
- Pearl Kite, Gampsonyx swainsonii
- Genus Elanoides
- Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus
- Subfamily Milvinae
- Genus Harpagus
- Genus Ictinia
- Genus Rostrhamus
- Snail Kite, Rostrhamus sociabilis
- Genus Helicolestes
- Slender-billed Kite, Helicolestes hamatus - formerly in Rostrhamus
- Genus Haliastur
- Genus Milvus
- Genus Lophoictinia
- Square-tailed Kite, Lophoictinia isura
- Genus Hamirostra
- Black-breasted Buzzard, Hamirostra melanosternon
- Grey-headed Kite, Leptodon cayanensis
- White-collared Kite, Leptodon forbesi
- Hook-billed Kite, Chondrohierax uncinatus
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. Celebrate the Migration and wave at them when you see them fly over! They will see You!
Of course, one more great performance: