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American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher is a noticeable shorebird if you are lucky enough to see one along the Atlantic Coast. It’s a boldly colored bird that uses it’s bright orange beak to feed on oysters. Many can be found year-round in the mid and south Atlantic but when they migrate they travel to the Caribbean. ACJV staff [...]

By | 2015-03-13T14:55:46+00:00 October 27th, 2014|Species|

American Black Duck

Black Duck were once the most abundant species in eastern North America. Often mistaken for a female Mallard, their once hearty populations declined steeply between the 1950’s and mid-1980’s. Habitat loss and degradation along the Atlantic Coast, acid rain, and competition with introduced Mallards have been major concerns, though restrictions on hunting in the 1980s [...]

By | 2017-07-27T13:42:00+00:00 October 26th, 2014|Species|

Painted Bunting

The Painted Bunting is like a flying rainbow. A fairly common finch in coastal and south-central U.S., their bright colors make them attractive for illegal trade in their wintering grounds of south Florida, the Caribbean and, Mexico. This illegal activity puts tremendous pressure on their population. A recent rangewide survey of this bunting indicates that [...]

By | 2015-03-13T14:56:05+00:00 October 25th, 2014|Species|

Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a beautiful sight with it’s yellow-orange head and breast and gray wings. It’s found in southern-wooded swamps and winters in Central and South America. ACJV staff and partners work to protect large tracts of forested wetlands in the Southeastern US, e.g., through the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants Program. [...]

By | 2015-03-13T14:56:13+00:00 October 25th, 2014|Species|

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret have a large range across the southern portions of the U.S. but their habitat is restricted to a small belt of coastal habitat. They are the least common heron species but stalk their prey in a similar manner. Their pursuit is akin to dancing as they leap, jump and spin before catching dinner. [...]

By | 2015-03-13T14:56:20+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Species|

Semipalmated Sandpiper

The Semipalmated Sandpiper is one of the more common “peeps” we see along the Atlantic Coast. Shorebird populations as a whole show a significant decline and without immediate cooperative conservation efforts, the outlook is grim. ACJV staff and partners work together to implement the strategies outline in the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Conservation Business Strategy. The [...]

By | 2015-03-13T14:56:28+00:00 October 21st, 2014|Species|

Swallow-tailed Kite

The Swallow-tailed Kite is a raptor found in the southeastern U.S. and winters in South America. It preys upon flying insects and small vertebrates, such as lizards and snakes, found in the tops of trees. They are distinguished by a striking pattern of white on black and their forked tail. Gregarious in all seasons, this [...]

By | 2015-03-13T14:56:39+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Species|

Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush live in deciduous forests of the northern U.S. Their brown backs and brown-spotted breast blend into the forest floor as they scurry around for invertebrates to eat. This once common species is in sharp decline due to habitat loss on it Central American wintering grounds, cowbird nest parasitism, and acid rain which limits [...]

By | 2015-03-13T14:56:47+00:00 October 19th, 2014|Species|