Birding while running

So I don’t just watch birds with binoculars.  Today while running down Queens Rd. West, I heard the call and drumming of a Red-bellied Woodpecker.  The common name of that bird is funny, because the red on the belly is about the least noticeable characteristic of the bird.  Ah well, they have a great call to hear in the morning and the drumming sounds on this beautiful day may really hint at what’s really on the minds of those birds.  There’s a fun research paper that shows just how males may use drumming at the beginning of the breeding season, in much the same way as a Song Sparrow uses his song.

http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/JFO/v070n04/p0578-p0586.pdf

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About thomasbiology

I'm an Associate Professor of Biology at Queens University of Charlotte with a background in animal behavior with an emphasis in bird song. I've got two secret goals with this blog (well, since I'm sharing them, they're not so secret): 1. To encourage people to look at the natural world around them- not just as a hiking destination, but to notice all the little things moving around them all the time; and 2. To show some of the science that relates to these little things moving around. There's some really fascinating research out there that so few people get to see.
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