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Learning the Birds



Explore the aviary of the high plains with Ruth Beasley who provides listeners with information and observations of interest to both avid birders and passing watchers.



Published: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:30:21 GMT

 



Northern Shovelers

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Ruth investigates the possible ancestry of a famous Looney Tunes character by considering the size and shape of a Northern Shoveler's bill.


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Tanagers

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMT

Tanagers are brilliant tropical birds that spend their lives in the treetops, gracing the summer air with lyrical song. We investigate the several tanagers found in the High Plains.


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Red Finches

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMT

After some frustration, Ruth learned a trick for telling red finches apart that may help us sort out our House from Purple Finches using both sound and sight.


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Grebes

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Greves are primitive birds, just a rung above loons on the evolutionary ladder. They are pathetic in the air yet masterful in the water, and famous for a mating dance performed on the waves sometimes called "water ballet."


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Pelicans

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Pelicans are birds of massive proportions and odd anatomies, including an 18-inch beak that is a beak on top and a flexible pouch on bottom. We explore why the fish-eating pelicans are known by some as 'grotesque by interesting."


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Yellowlegs

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

When the weather's hot, we head for the shore and two birds we're likely to see are the greater and lesser yellowllegs. Learn tricks, both visible and audible, for telling these shorebirds apart.


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Swans

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

there may be nothing as lovely as a swan. we explore four swams likely to be found in the heartland: tundra, trumpeter, whooper, and mute. Learn whether mute swans are actually mute.


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Loons

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Loons have been described as one of the most primitive forms of bird life. Learn why this ancient creature has never quite learned how to walk, and why loons and lunacy are often lumped together.


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Red River Country

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In 1876, a party of surveyors set out ot map the headwaters of the Red river, and kept meticulous logs of the birds found on their hisotric expedition through the Texas panhandle.


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Jaeger's Poorwill

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It was 1946 when, in the Colorado desert, Edmund Jaeger described an encounter with a nigernativing Poorwill, which resulted inthe first official report on this baggling phenomena.


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Mockingbirds

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Ruth takes on the Mockingbirds, and explains how the neighborhood Mimids are always playing tricks on her.


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Hummers at Home

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Hummingbirds are one of nature's most beautiful creations. We explore mummingbird flight and learn how to attract these amazing birds to our backyards.


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Red River Country

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about Red River Country...


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Prairie Chickens

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about prairie chickens...


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young cardinals

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about young cardinals...


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Two Screech Owls

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about two screech owls...


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Jaegers Poorwill

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about jaegerspoorwill...


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Passenger Pigeons

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about passenger pigeons...


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Mimids

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about mimids...


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Kinglets

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about kinglets...


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Great Horned Owls

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about great horned owls


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Hummers at Home

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about hummers at home...


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Burrowing Owls

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Ruth talks about burrowing owls...


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Titmice, So Nice!

Tue, 10 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's not always easy to talk about the Titmouse, but set your hestitation aside, and embrace a bird that is too adorable for words.


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Catbirds

Tue, 03 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Imitating other birdsong along with anything mechanical...


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Albatross

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

We go far afield to consider the Albatross- a celebrated seabird, and a "super-efficient high-speed gliding machine."


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The Red Shoulder Hawk

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The red shoulder hawk is gorgeous to look at...


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Orchard Orioles

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The brick red orchard oriole is a bird with a survival strategy....


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Yikes Shrikes

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A shrike is a bird that could frighten ....


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Snow Buntings

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Snowflake is an old name for the Snow Bunting, a bird so much whiter than other sparrows, it seems an animated gust of artic weather


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Snow Buntings

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Snowflake is an old name for the Snow Bunting, a bird so much whiter than other sparrows, it seems an animated gust of artic weather


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Barn Owls

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Barn owls are possibly the oddest member of an odd bird family.


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heath hens

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Vanished cousin of the prairie chicken.


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Wings Across the Moon

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Because most songbirds migrate at night, tracking their movements is difficult. In 1946, a dedicatd group of scientists utilized the moon to gain new insight into the mysteries of avian migration.


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The Muse

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Ruth reads us a story called, "The Muse," written by the late, great, Texas birder and nature writer, June Osborne.


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Lark Sparrows

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Consider the Lark Sparrow, a striking High Plains bird with vocal abilities too often interrupted by buzzes and noise.


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Ducks

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Waterfowl are plentiful in the High Plains lakes and ponds, making winter an excellent time for sorting out ducks.


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Fox Sparrows

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Our largest native sparrow is the Fox Sparrow, a handsome bird, an accomplished singer, and a talented ventriliquist.


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Song Sparrows

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

It may be no surprise that song sparrows are excellent singers. Learn what sets this widespread songster apart from its fellow sparrows.


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Tree Sparrows

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Learn what a sparrow named "American Tree" can teach us about the Canadian tundra and High Plains plum thickets.


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Tree Sparrows

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Learn what a sparrow named "American Tree" can teach us about the Canadian tundra and High Plains plum thickets.


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White-throats

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The White-throated Sparrow has much to offer. Learn the sweet song they sing through the cold, winter months, and reflect on their unusual mating habits.


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Brewers Blackbirds

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

In this episode, tackle the widespread, but little known, Brewer's blackbird- uncommonly lovely birds with distinctive flight styles.


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Winter Warblers

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Winter weather keeps most warblers away, but not the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Learn about this hardy little bird name for its bright yellow rump.


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Winter Song

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Winters may be bleak, but the air if full of birdsong. Celebrate winter birds with a medley of familiar birdsongs... you may discover how many songs you already know.


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The Great Horned Owl

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Great horned owls eat a wide variety of prey from skunks to kangaroo rats to the occasional house pet. Explore the mostly beneficial service owls provide, and consider their owlish anatomy.


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Red Bellied Woodpecker

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

We explore how the Red-bellied Woodpecker got its name, and suggest a few new nicknames that might be more appropriate.


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Red Bellied Woodpecker

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

We explore how the Red-bellied Woodpecker got its name, and suggest a few new nicknames that might be more appropriate.


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When Birds Drop In

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Birds are known for, "dropping in," on our human habitats. We learn some practical advice for handling the occasional accidental feathered visitor.


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Rails

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Why would a bird described as "laterally compressed" (translation: flat) be so compelled to wear a girdle? We learn about trails and soras today on Learning the Birds.


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Anhingas

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of the oddest native waterbirds if the anhinga, a.k.a. the darter, the water turkey, and/or the snake bird. We learn how one bird earned so many nicknames.


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Northern Pintails

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Certain birds are more sensitive to changes in their environment than others. We investigate one such bird with the unlikely nickname of the "Prairie Canary."


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Nuthatches

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Nuthatches are as likely to be found upside down as rightside up. we consider their anti-gravity lifestyle and learn to recognize their nasal anthem.


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Mountain Plovers

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Mountain Plovers, the soft-spoken, unadorned cousins to the Killdeer, breed in the short grass prairie. It's a bird so rare and difficult to find, it's sometimes called the "prairie ghost."


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Storks

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Wood Storks are large, white, wading birds that have somehow evolved to haul human babies around in slings. Join us as we investigate the legends and the birds.


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Wilsons Meadowlark

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Alexander Wilson, one of the first great American ornithologist, wrote about the Eastern Meadowlark in 1828. We consider this early take on a popular High Plains bird.


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The Miracle of the Gulls

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

We go far afield to consider the founders of Utah, whose descendants tend to be fond of the local gulls. We learn why from an 1891 account called, "The Miracle of the Gulls."


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Blue Darters

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

A Learning the Birds whodunit- Ruth investigates a crime in a chicken yard, and finds herself defending the Mississippi Kite, a graceful native raptor, locally known as the Blue Darter.


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Jaeger's Poorwill

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In 1946, in the Colorado desert, Edmund Jaeger, described an encounter with a hibernating Poorwill, the first official report on the baffling phenomena.


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Buffleheads

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

If koalas are cuter than the average bear, then Buffleheads are the most adorable ducks in the pond!


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Odd-looking Traveler Passes Through the High Plains

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In this segment, Ruth investigates, the Long-Billed Curlew, a shorebird of outrageous proportions that migrates through the High Plains every year.


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Kinglets

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Kinglets, the second-smallest bird in North America, are named for their royal crowns, but they often keep their crown well-hidden.


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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker may be the nerdiest of the woodpecker clan, but it leads an unusual lifestyle that includes sap wells and community service.


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Dickcissels

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Among the most widespread of High Plains breeding birds is the Dickcissel, yet, this most vocal, "Little Meadowlark," seems to escape the notice of almost everybody.


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Eurasian Collared Dove

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Mourning doves aren't the only doves, on the block, anymore. Ruth considers the invasive, prolific, and omnipresent Eurasian Collared Dove.


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