American Robins are not uncommon in California, but they just don't occupy urban spaces and parking lots they way I noticed they did in Baltimore. I would've been very sad if I left Baltimore without a good picture of this handsome species, making me all the more happy I went to Druid Hill Park and found puh-lenty of robins. I found this particular bird in a mulberry tree.
This week’s #FaunaFriday features the Wilson’s snipe! This unique shorebird is distinguishable by its extremely long, straight beak, suited for probing through wet soil in search of insects to eat. Amazingly, the snipe is even able to swallow the insects it finds without having to remove its beak from the soil. Since the Wilson’s snipe needs wet soil to probe for its food, it makes sense that they are mostly found around lakes, rivers, marshes, and other wetlands.
Other characteristic features of the Wilson’s snipe include its erratic zigzagging flight patterns, as a defense mechanism against predators. Their extremely strong body allows them to reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour flying and the positioning of their eyes on the sides of their head allow them to see almost as well behind them as in front of them. All of these traits make them effective at protecting themselves from predators.
Happy Friday, FURiends!!! I have some excitng news! My feathered siblings, Skittles and Halo, now have their very own IG page so they don't have to share mine 🤣 They would love for you to check 'em out @PendletonParrots They say "Thank you" in advance 😙💛 #i_am_thebarkman