Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I'm the Gulf of Mexico

Eastern Kingbird
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
Some of us kingbirds breed in open areas near the Gulf. But virtually all of us spend time along the Gulf on migration. During spring migration we gravitate to the wonderful marshy meadow habitats on the barrier islands off the Gulf Coast--they're right where we need to rest and feed after an arduous flight. In fall we love pine-scrub where we can fatten up on fruits before finishing the longest part of our migration, all the way down to South America. What a wonderful planet we live on, to have the rich Gulf of Mexico right where we need it!

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