Birds of Virginia: A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander

By Todd Telander

Falcon box publications are full-color, visually beautiful, on-the-go publications for opting for crops and animals and studying approximately nature.

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By Todd Telander

Falcon box publications are full-color, visually beautiful, on-the-go publications for opting for crops and animals and studying approximately nature.

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The American Oystercatcher follows the tidal pattern, foraging at low tide and roosting at high tide in groups with other shorebirds and gulls. It uses its bill to pry away shellfish—including oysters—from rocks or to probe for worms. The bill is also used to jam open bivalves and devour the flesh. Its voice is a loud, piping call. The adult is illustrated. 5" Season: Summer Habitat: Streamsides, edges of lakes and ponds sandpipers, phalaropes The Black-necked Stilt literally looks like a tiny body on stilts.

The tail is black with a white terminal band. The Eastern Kingbird flies with shallow wing beats on wings that are mostly dark and pointed. It perches on wires, treetops, or posts and takes flight to capture insects on the wing. Its voice is a distinctive series of very high-pitched, sputtering, zippy psit notes. The adult is illustrated. 5" Season: Year-round Habitat: Dry open country The solitary Loggerhead Shrike is raptorlike in its feeding habits. It swoops down from its perch on a branch, wire, or post and captures large insects, small mammals, or birds, impaling them on thorny barbs before tearing them apart to feed.

It dives for fish to feed, but it will also dabble like a duck or pick food from the ground. The American Coot is dark gray overall, with a black head and a white bill that ends with a narrow dark ring. The white trailing edge of the wings can be seen in flight. The toes are flanked with lobes that enable the coot to walk on water plants and swim efficiently. Juveniles are similar in plumage but paler. Coots are often seen in very large flocks. The adult is illustrated. indd 30 9/6/12 9:50 AM Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola Family Charadriidae (Plovers) Size: 11" Season: Winter Habitat: Open areas, coastal or inland The Black-bellied Plover is a relatively large plover with long, pointed wings and a whistling flight call.

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