By Barbara L. Davis
This box advisor takes you to the barren region and grassland parts of Arizona, California, and New Mexico the place the entire variety of chook species reaches a astounding 440. incorporated are 21 desolate tract birding sizzling spots, in-depth descriptions and behavioral details, eight chook charts, and masses extra.
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Desert animals–Southwest, New. 3. Bird watching–Southwest, New. I. Title. II. Series. 0979-dc21 96-48172 CIP Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR A DESERT AWAKENING HOT SOUTHWESTERN DESERTS DESERT BIRDING Section 1 - WATER/WETLAND BIRDS Section 2 - LAND BIRDS/NON-PASSERINES Section 3 - LANDBIRDS/PASSERINES Appendix 1 - BIRD LISTS Appendix 2 - DESERT BIRDING HOTSPOTS Appendix 3 - SELECTED REFERENCES INDEX ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am extremely grateful to my editor, Claire Blondeau: Thank you, Claire, for the opportunity to publish this book.
When feeding alone, they appear quite stately as they quietly go about their business. Nesting and Mating Behaviors The nest may be solitary or built among large colonies of other herons, cormorants, ibises, and pelicans. Nests may be constructed just above the water in tules, or in treetops fifty feet high. It is a rather flimsy platform type of nest, which is usually unlined. Sometimes an old nest is refurbished, which appears bulkier, and occasionally it is lined with leaves or moss. The diameter approximates two feet.
This rather wary grebe is very secretive, and often only one pair is seen on a pond. It does mix with other waterfowl, however, which makes it even more inconspicuous. When other grebes are on the same water source, it claims an area of thirty yards or more from other nests. This seclusive grebe can sink out of sight in a split second with only a trace of a ripple to indicate its existence. Often, only the head emerges like a periscope as it scans the area before completely showing itself. The nest is constructed by both sexes in shallow water where aquatic vegetation thrives.
A Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest by Barbara L. Davis