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A Bird Adventure with Zach

Updated: Apr 12

(This post was scheduled for October, but I forgot...)

We were driving down a road that Zach told me the name of several times but I still can't remember what it was called. It was something with a number in it. I think.

I also don't remember what order anything happened in. I shouldn't even be writing about this.

At some point during the day, on some road in Wyoming, there were a ton of Blackbirds. Zach said I wasn't good enough to tell the Rusty Blackbird from the Brewer's Blackbird and that's the clearest memory I have about that. (Zach Edit: I said "yet!")

Possibly still on the same road, we saw a lot of Sandhill Cranes. I have never thought about cranes beyond acknowledging their existence, so seeing that many in one place blew my mind. I learned that they are much larger birds than I thought and that they sound like dinosaurs.

Sandhill Crane or Dinosaur?
Sandhill Crane or Dinosaur?

I think we saw ducks too that day? Ducks are proving to be really hard for me to remember for some reason. I know there were Pintail ducks and they were brown. That is going to be it for my expert commentary about ducks.

There were a lot of other really awesome birds that we got to see because I clearly bring good luck to a birding adventure. My favorites included the Spotted Towhee, the Northern Harrier, and the Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Northern Harrier and a Northern Harrier Harrier
Northern Harrier and a Northern Harrier Harrier

I would write more about birds we saw but I remembered that Zach said I only had to give him two paragraphs of my nonsense jargon so I'm cutting this short. (Zach edit: I definitely said this.)

For a bonus segment, here's Sienna's Totally Accurate and Super Logical Science Lesson of the week!!

I saw a Loose-hit-stick House Sparrow. This color abnormality, more commonly known as "Ink Cartidge Running Low Disorder", occurs during formation of the embryo inside the egg. When parts of the shell are covered by debris, it prevents important colors from reaching the growing bird inside, thus resulting in areas of plumage without pigmentation. (Zach edit: I believe the correct term is leucistic, but who am I to argue with this Totally Accurate and Super Logical Science Lesson?)

the end I'm sorry