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"...bushtit's scientific name ... basically translates to "small harp-player" (Psaltriparus, from psaltria, Greek for "female harp-player," + parus, Latin for "titmouse," from Icelandic tittr, "anything small," + Anglo-Saxon mase, "small bird." Minimus, as you might guess, just means "smallest.") The "small" in the translation is obvious. The birds' calls are impossibly high-pitched twitters that sound completely un-harplike to me, but then again I would never have named the ring-necked duck for the faint ring around its neck when it conveniently displays a very bold white ring around its bill.

Much better is the Spanish name for the bird, "sastrecillo," which means "a little tailor." I'm guessing this name refers to the bird's intricately woven nest. "
Christina Wilsdon
www.piccalillipie.com/

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"Named for the rich red hues that many Fox Sparrows wear, this species is nevertheless one of our most variable birds, with four main groups that can range from foxy red to gray to dark brown. "allaboutboids
We made a quick drive by Los Liones Canyon today. The trails are closed.
But I think the critters are getting ready for nesting and baby season.
Here's another photo from the archives.
Sending prayers and good thoughts.

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From the archives...
another bird named after an ornithologist by another ornithologist.

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The precise location of this bird was posted back in December. Would he still be there?

He was.

A few curious folks stopped to watch the spectacular bird drop to the ground and then pop back onto a perch.

A brief flash of bright red on a grey day in LA.


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On this day we hear an odd buzzing call and it occured to me that if we waited a Canyon Wren might appear.

"Animal signals mediate social interactions in myriad ways. The majority of studies of avian song have focused on conspicuous, frequently given, signals but infrequently given signals may also have important fitness consequences.
We examined how the usage of a rare signal, canyon wren female song, changed during contest situations and in response to a coordinated duet versus non-coordinated solo songs.
Rates of female song increased significantly during contest situations, but duets did not provoke stronger responses than solos.
Although duets are threatening to species that duet (including many wren species), they do not appear to be universally salient.
Canyon wren female song, in contrast, carries strong signal content despite being used infrequently outside of contest situations. Results highlight the potential functionality of rare signals, as well as the variability in signaling strategies across avian species."
Conspecific challenges provoke female canyon wrens to sing but not to duet [2018]
Hathcock, T. J. Benedict, Lauryn

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