Learning the Birds http://hppr.org en Towhees http://hppr.org/post/towhees <p>Towhees are solitary ground-dwellers often described as a small-scale American Robin. Eastern and Spotted Towhees can both be found in the High Plains, kicking up a racket in the leaves.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 05:03:38 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2831 at http://hppr.org Towhees BluePop http://hppr.org/post/bluepop <p>A Cardinal is one type of Grosbeak &ndash; a Blue Grosbeak is another. We learn to identify this deep-blue High Plains bird with brick-red bars on its shoulders.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 05:01:05 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2830 at http://hppr.org BluePop Shovelers http://hppr.org/post/shovelers <p>Is the Looney Tune character Daffy Duck based in reality?&nbsp; The overall physical characteristics of black feathers, orange webbed feet, and white ring are not found in one species in nature, but his shovel shaped bill is.&nbsp;&nbsp; That prominent feature, which contributes to his unique speech pattern, builds the case for Daffy being classified as a Northern Shoveler.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 05:00:38 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2829 at http://hppr.org Shovelers Western Bluebirds http://hppr.org/post/western-bluebirds <p>The High Plains is a haven for many a mixed flock of Bluebirds. We learn how to identify one member, the Western Bluebird, and consider what sets this particular blue bird apart.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 05:02:40 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2827 at http://hppr.org Kingfishers http://hppr.org/post/kingfishers <p>Big-headed blue-and-white Kingfishers rule a watery kingdom, diving headfirst into the water after prey and digging elaborate burrows for raising young.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:30:24 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2808 at http://hppr.org Kingfishers Anting http://hppr.org/post/anting <p>Anting is a bizarre inter-species ritual of birds and ants that results in a beneficial dose of formic acid for the birds. We explore why 200 different kinds of birds worldwide have been caught in the act of anting.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2807 at http://hppr.org Anting Tanagers http://hppr.org/post/tanagers <p>Tanagers are brilliant tropical birds that spend their lives in the treetops, gracing the summer air with lyrical song. We investigate the several tanagers found in the High Plains.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:30:21 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2806 at http://hppr.org Tanagers Bitterns http://hppr.org/post/bitterns <p>Those who hanker after certain birds may find themselves hunkering down in a marshy soggy bottom for the chance to see or hear the remarkable American Bittern.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:30:57 +0000 Ruth Beasley 2805 at http://hppr.org Bitterns Horned Larks http://hppr.org/post/horned-larks <p>Horned Larks are perhaps one of the most exquisite yet least appreciated prairie birds. Learn to recognize a song &ldquo;like jingling coins in a pocket&rdquo; that&rsquo;s sung by these native larks in flight.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 15:30:06 +0000 Ruth Beasley 1438 at http://hppr.org Horned Larks Roadrunners http://hppr.org/post/roadrunners <p>Roadrunners &shy; both funnier and more interesting than their own cartoons &shy; have mad skills like killing rattlesnakes and running 20 miles per hour.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 15:30:19 +0000 Ruth Beasley 1439 at http://hppr.org Roadrunners Upland Sandpipers http://hppr.org/post/upland-sandpipers <p>Discover the native shorebird most likely to be found nesting at your local airport: the Upland Sandpiper, with its loon-like wolf-whistle call.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 15:30:10 +0000 Ruth Beasley 1440 at http://hppr.org Upland Sandpipers Graveyard Hummingbird http://hppr.org/post/graveyard-hummingbird <p>A hummingbird in a graveyard leads Ruth down a dark and morbid path until she learns some encouraging facts about hummingbirds.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 15:30:04 +0000 Ruth Beasley 1441 at http://hppr.org Graveyard Hummingbird White-crowned Sparrows http://hppr.org/post/white-crowned-sparrows <p>We meet a sparrow that wears a racing helmet and was once known as the farmer&rsquo;s friend, the lively and melodious White-crowned Sparrow.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 15:30:53 +0000 Ruth Beasley 1442 at http://hppr.org White-crowned Sparrows