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05-09-2019, 12:13 PM   #8731
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Eared Grebes Podiceps nigricollis at the Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend Kansas


males in mating plumage on the migration north

" . . . For perhaps 910 months each year the species is flightless; this is the longest flightless period of any bird in the world capable of flight at all.

The Eared Grebe migrates only at night. Because of the length of its stay at fall staging areas, its southward fall migration is the latest of any bird species in North America. . . . "

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American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus

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crop + pp

same bird, seconds later as it continued to hunt

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus

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found in the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge near Great Bend Kansas where I attended the recent Wings and Wetlands Festival

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
Eared Grebes Podiceps nigricollis at the Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend Kansas

" . . . For perhaps 910 months each year the species is flightless; this is the longest flightless period of any bird in the world capable of flight at all."
At first I thought: that doesn't add up. I thought that all bird species that have a flightless period are flightless only during the once annual, simultaneous moult of their flight feathers (on the breeding grounds in the cases of ducks, geese, swans, and auks). If that were the case for grebes, it would preclude migration. That's not possible because this is a migratory species over 90% of its breeding range, and since it likely moults its flight feathers only once per year. Then I realized this species must have two flightless periods annually; one on the breeding grounds and the other on the wintering grounds. I knew that grebes gleefully abandon flight as soon as they arrive on the breeding grounds, but I didn't realize they do the same on the wintering grounds. Following the link back to the Cornell website confirms this. Grebes must be the only group that does this. Cornell should change "flightless period" to the plural "flightless periods". [pardon spelling of "moult", spelled this way across all of the English-speaking world except the U.S.]
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QuoteOriginally posted by pete-tarmigan Quote
At first I thought: that doesn't add up . . . Cornell should change "flightless period" to the plural "flightless periods". [pardon spelling of "moult", spelled this way across all of the English-speaking world except the U.S.]
I respect your knowledge of birds and wouldn't dream of challenging it.

My lack of knowledge is why I cite my sources

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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis


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My guess would be a bunting, maybe Little Bunting? But then again, what do I know
I'm much more comfortable identifying large mammals
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