Category Archives: birds

A hummingbird with an open heart surgery scar?

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hummingbirdThe Question: Can you tell me what might have caused the wound on this hummingbird? It looks like it had open heart surgery!

Submitted by: Irene, Ontario, Canada

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Who made mysterious rectangular tree holes?

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rectangular holes in reddish tree trunkThe Question: I found these holes in a single tree, amidst dense forest. They were freshly made, with no sign of human footprints (there was snow), but no animal tracks either. They look very man-made, but could not have been. They appeared in a 24 hour period. Could you shed any light on them please?

Submitted by: Mark, British Columbia, Canada

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Why are these vultures taunting alligators?

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The Question: Twice I have seen vultures taunt an alligator. My neighbor said she witnessed the same thing at Alligator Alley. Why do vultures taunt alligators?
Submitted by: Hank, Florida, USA

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Is this an Ibis?

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Roseate spoonbillwhite ibisThe Question: I think I’ve identified the pink bird in these photos as a Roseate Spoonbill, but I’m not sure about the white birds. I used an app called Merlin, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and it looks like a White Ibis, but I can’t find a speck of black on them, and they’re supposed to have black tips on their wings?

Submitted by: Lisa, Florida, USA

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