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Penguins!

Penguins!

We are meeting an adorable species of flightless bird today, the chinstrap penguin! Everybody practice their waddle!

 

 

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Gobble Gobble

 

Gobble Gobble

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the US and that means many people are eating turkeys. These noble birds have been around thousands of year and we are going to meet these woodland creatures.

 

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Hello Songbird

Hello Songbird

We are meeting a favorite woodland bird today! They are can be spotted all year long!

Meet the Northern Cardinal!

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Knot Bird

Knot Bird

We are so happy to finish our first week at Camp E&E at the Beach with more fun bird species! These little funny shore birds have an even funnier name- the red knot!

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Red Knot Fun Facts: 

  • These gorgeous little birds have one of the longest migration routes on any bird. They travel from places like Alaska to Southern America.
  • They are carnivores. They eat larva and Arthropoda.
  • They grow up to 10 inches long.
  • Red knots can double their weight before they migrate.
  • One cool fact is like most migrating birds, they reduce the size of their digestive organs before they migrate.
  • They are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN.

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We love these little birds. How cool is that they migrate soooooo far! That trip must be exhausting- hehehe!

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Pelican Pelican!

Pelican Pelican!

While bird watching on the beach, we spotted some pelicans. This large billed birds were not the brown pelicans we are use to seeing, but the American White Pelican. They were so fun to watch and we couldn’t wait to learn more about them.

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American White Pelican Fun Facts:

  • White pelicans live near marshes and lakes.
  • These large birds can grow up to 70 inches long and weigh up to 14 lbs. Those famous bills can be 15 inches long.
  • Their wingspan is only 2nd to the California Condor.  Those wings can be 120 long when in flight! That is longer than a queen sized mattress, which measures 80 inches!
  • Males are larger than females.
  • These carnivores eat not only fish, but also bottom dwellers like salamanders and crayfish.
  • They are usually found in large flocks.
  • White pelicans do not dive for their food, but instead scoop it out of the water and drain the water out of their bills.
  • These big birds eat around 4 lbs of food a day!

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We love pelicans! They are so funny and kind of derpy, but graceful too! It was fun to watch some swimming and catching their food that way instead of diving.

 

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Curlew!

Curlew!

We are meeting our first resident of Camp EE at the beach- the long-billed curlew. One of our favorite pastimes at beach camp is to watch shore birds run around looking for food and running away from the waves.

 

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Long-billed curlew fun facts: 

  • These carnivores use those long bills to grab crustaceans and marine invertebrates.
  • They hunt for prey in groups.
  • They run or walk on the ground often.
  • They are the largest member of the sandpiper family.
  • Males do fancy flights to attract mates. They mate in grasslands and prairies away from the shore.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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We love these birdies with their skinny legs and long funny beaks. We could watch them all day and we might just do that!

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Black & White Bird

Black & White Bird

As we were exploring the cliffs and coasts to meet puffins, we met another neat sea bird- the razorbill! These neat looking birds look even more formal than penguins!

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Razorbill Fun Facts:

  • They grow up to 8 1/2 inches long and weigh up to 30 oz.
  • These carnivores eat fish and crustaceans.
  • These sea birds spend most of their life at sea. They spend time on cliffs and coastlines to breed in the spring.
  • Male and females mate for life. They come together to incubate the egg.
  • The oldest living razorbill lived to 41 years.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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These gorgeous birds are so cool! They have the neatest little white lines on their beaks. They are quiet fun to watch dive for food.

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Puffins!!

Puffins!

We headed to the coast line to meet one of the most iconic birds of Norway’s coastline- the Atlantic Puffin! These adorable birds are so much fun to watch. We wish one would come live with us the University.

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Atlantic Puffin Fun Facts:

  • These little handsome birds grow up to 10 inches long and can weigh up to 17 oz.
  • They are nicknamed the “sea parrot”.
  • These carnivores eat fish.
  • Their brightly colored beaks are duller in color during the winter. They bright colors are brightest during breeding season.
  • These sea birds spend most of their life at sea. They can swim under water using a flying motion. They can even dive up to 200 feet deep.
  • In the air, they can fly up to 55 mph.
  • Both parents incubate the egg and then feed the chick.
  • They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

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These amazing birds form large breeding colonies. They breed in the same place every year. Scientists are not sure how the birds navigate back to the same place yet.

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We Spots a Spotted Owl

We Spots a Spotted Owl

When people think of Africa, people think of all the big animals, but rarely do they think of owls! Well, Africa is home to many species of owls. We went looking for the Spotted Eagle and we found one! Come learn more about them with us!

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Spotted Eagle-Owl Fun Facts:

  • Spotted eagle-owls have a 3 foot wing span!
  • They have large ear tufts and bright yellow eyes.
  • Like many owls they are nocturnal.
  • These carnivores eat mammals, birds and amphibians. They are also known to eat carrion.
  • Spotted eagle-owls are known to bond for life.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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Seeing an owl in the wild is always a treat! These owls have a fun musical call. We could listen to them all night.

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Flamingo!

Flamingo!

We are off to meet a bird who calls this country home- the greater flamingo! These iconic birds are one of our favorites too! Let’s learn more about them together.

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Greater Flamingo Fun Facts: 

  • These large birds can grow up to 59 inches tall and weigh up to almost 9 pounds. They are the largest member of the flamingo family.
  • Males are larger than females.
  • Greater flamingos are a soft whitish pink. They do have bright pink and black feathers on the back of their bodies.
  • Young flamingos are grey and turn pink after a few years. That pink coloration is caused by the food they eat.
  • During breeding season they turn brighter pink!
  • These carnivores eat small crustaceans, insects and fish.
  • They are highly social.

Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus roseus at Marievale Nature Rese

Flamigos always make us smile. Did you know that knobby joint they bend is actually their ankle? Their knees are closer to their bodies! Neat!

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