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Bird Blog:  July 2005

Juvenile American Robin, Durham, 7/18/05. This male Indigo Bunting  showed up in the swamp near my house in Durham, 7/20/05. 

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea), 7/16/05

This bird suddenly landed on the ground, flopped about briefly, then quickly disappeared into the bushes.  Jeff Pippen suggested that this bird might be "dust-bathing," trying to rid itself of parasites. Meanwhile, on a neighboring tree, this bird was wildly hopping around.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron (at north Durham swamp on 7/16/05, thanks to Dan Kaplan of Durham)

Unlike egrets, this species does not have an orange bill.  In contrast this bird has a pinkish-gray and black bill.


Green Heron, same swamp and date as above Little Blue Heron.

Juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, 7/8/05

Durham, 7/2-8/05

Female Purple Martin, Durham, 7/5/05


Immature Eastern Bluebird, Durham, 7/2/05 Gray Catbird, Durham, 7/2/05 Red-shouldered Hawk, NC Botanical Garden, 7/2/05.  This hawk was squawking repeatedly and circling overhead. Male Eastern Towhee, NC Botanical Garden, 7/2/05.   It's not often that you see these birds off the ground. Wood Thrush, Durham, 7/4/05.  This bird had a beautiful gurgling song. House Sparrows building nest, Durham, 7/6/05. Eastern Towhee, Craggy Gardens, 7/8/05.

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