29 Jul 2014.
Pine Run Reservoir, Bucks Co, PA.
Found in unmowed meadow near the dam.
Observed at Brazos Bend State Park. They had bright red bills, mostly brown feathers with black patches on their thighs and a few white wing tips. One had a black stripe running down its head and neck.
Our resident major spotted woodpecker flew with a stick in its beak to the cherry tree where it was hammering the trunk and using the stick to probe for prey.
I've never seen something like this before, but apparently it is not unheard of:
Uploaded this again to document their reappearance. Haven't seen them since beginning of the rain season. Now, to the end, they obviously come back. Inbetween, I have been in the swamps unregularly, but never seen one (before sometimes 20 on my usual walk. This day, I saw at least three.
Matema has two large hornbill species. Trumpeter Hornbills live in the trees along the lake shore and probably further away. The Crowned Hornbills are more mountain-bound. I have seen them rarely in the "lowland" trees. Sometimes, one pair or small group comes down. But they are quite easy to spot and hear in the slightly higher parts of the village and in the montane forests.
Started to sing these days. Breeding time in dry season?
Birds (class Aves or clade Avialae) are feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates. Aves ranks as the tetrapod class with the most living species, approximately ten thousand. Extant birds belong to the subclass Neornithes, living worldwide and ranging in size from the 5 cm (2 in) Bee Hummingbird to the 2.75 m (9 ft) Ostrich. The fossil record indicates that birds emerged within the theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 150 million years ago. Birds are the only living...