By Diana Wells, Lauren Jarrett

How did cranes come to represent matrimonial happiness? Why have been magpies the one creatures that might now not pass inside of Noah's Ark? Birds and chicken imagery are imperative elements of our language and tradition. along with her amazing skill to dig up curious and attractive evidence, Diana Wells hatches a deal with for lively birders and armchair lovers alike. Meet the intrepid adventurers and naturalists who risked their lives to explain and identify new birds. research the legendary tales of the gods and goddess linked to chook names. discover the avian trademarks utilized by our best writers--from Coleridge's albatross in "The old Mariner" to Poe's raven.

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Dark wing tips. Broad black tail band. W inter adult has blackish half-hood. Breeding adult /. Black head with bold white eye crescents. | 2. White bar across wing tip. Sm aller and chunkier than Laughing Gull. G ulls, Terns, and Skim m ers i5 Jt6 Charadriiformes Little Gull L a m s m inutus Smallest of all the gulls, the Little Gull is an Old World species known to have nested in North America only since 1962. On the breeding grounds it is usually found in grassy marshes among colonies of Black or F o rster’s terns, which are often its companions in migration as well, when it hawks for insects over marshy ponds or flooded fields.

Breeding adult /. Black head. 2 . Dark gray mantle. ■1. Black wing tips. It . White trailing edge to wing. Laughing call. 1>3 ii Charadriiformes Franklin’s Gull Larus pipixcan Franklin’s Gulls are compact little gulls that breed on the northern prairies. Huge swirling flocks of these birds migrate in steady, buoyant flight, pausing to roost at night on lakes and reservoirs. They establish nesting colonies in lush reedbeds and along marshy lake shores, moving them unpredictably from one year to the next.

Primaries white-tipped; outerm ost have large subterminal or terminal white spot, and penultim ate have much smaller white spot. Legs and feet pink; eye cream-colored with pale pink eye-ring. Immature plumages apparently parallel those of Great Black-backed Gull. Sim ilar Species See H erring and W estern gulls. Range Rare visitor in spring, summer, and fall along Bering Sea coast of Alaska, east rarely to Kodiak Island Archipelago; more numerous in winter. Native to Ne. Eurasia. Daniel D. Gibson Yellow-footed Gull Larus livens Form erly considered a subspecies of the W estern Gull, the Yellow­ footed Gull breeds in the Gulf of California and regularly wanders north to the Salton Sea in southern California.

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