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Northern Shovelers

7/18/2012
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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

6/12/2012
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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

3/19/2012
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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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Loons

7/27/2011
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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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Swans

7/27/2011
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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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Yellowlegs

7/27/2011
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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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Pelicans

7/27/2011
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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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Grebes

7/27/2011
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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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Mockingbirds

7/12/2011
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Ruth takes on the Mockingbirds, and explains how the neighborhood Mimids are always playing tricks on her.

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Jaeger's Poorwill

7/12/2011
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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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Red River Country

7/12/2011
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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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Hummers at Home

6/27/2011
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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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young cardinals

5/17/2011
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Today, Ruth talks about young cardinals...

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Prairie Chickens

5/17/2011
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Today, Ruth talks about prairie chickens...

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Red River Country

5/17/2011
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Today, Ruth talks about Red River Country...

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Titmice, So Nice!

5/10/2011
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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

5/3/2011
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Imitating other birdsong along with anything mechanical...

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Albatross

4/27/2011
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We go far afield to consider the Albatross- a celebrated seabird, and a "super-efficient high-speed gliding machine."

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Black Necked Stilts

4/7/2011
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Meet a shorebirds on red stilts...

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Orchard Orioles

4/7/2011
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The brick red orchard oriole is a bird with a survival strategy....

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