birding

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein

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The Cerulean Warbler is a small warbler that features sky-blue upper parts and black-and-white streaked flanks. These birds are often found near bottomlands and rivers, making their appearance in Louisiana, and their breeding takes part in deciduous forests in eastern North America. The scientific name for this bird is Dendroica cerulea and it is part of the New World warbler family.

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The Royal Tern is an interesting bird, as it’s only found along the coastal beaches. This bird is a large tern, with pale grey upperparts, a white face, neck and underparts. The head has a spiky black crest and cap and features a bright orange bill. The wings have black tips on them and the tail is deeply forked.

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The Laughing Gull is a small gull that is found along the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Its scientific name is Leucophaeus atricilla. It takes these birds three years to reach adult plumage and immature birds are always darker than their older counterparts.

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Formerly known as the Louisiana Heron, the Tricolored Heron is a slender heron that is medium in size. It's home is the southeastern portion of the United States, more specifically Louisiana.

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Not only is the brown pelican the state bird of Louisiana, but it's a unique species that received much attention after the BP Oil Spill. The brown pelican is found along the ocean shores of the southwestern states, namely Louisiana.

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You can’t find anywhere in the country that is as good a place for bird watching as the Louisiana coast. Birding trails in our beautiful state are home to, or at least a destination along the migration path, for more than 400 different species of birds each and every year! With that fact in mind, we are bringing our focus to one bird each week to learn a little more about these feathered friends. This week, we examine the Blue-winged teal.

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When you walk the birding trails throughout the coastal region of Louisiana, you may be surprised to know that you have the opportunity to see almost half of the species of birds that can be found in all of the United States. However, as many of these birds go unappreciated, we would like to focus on learning about one species each week. This week’s feathered friend will be the American White Pelican, one of the many birds you might see in Louisiana.

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Due to the unique location and geography of Louisiana’s southernmost parts, the Louisiana coastline is the perfect place to bird watch. In fact, more than 400 species visit our state each year, and by some estimates, this is over half of the species that can be found in the entirety of the United States! So this week, we will focus on one of these many types of birds to learn more about our feathered friends: The common loon.

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