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examples: an average great blue
heron weighs about five pounds,
a ring-billed gull about one
pound, a mourning dove about
a quarter-pound, a red-winged
blackbird just under two ounces,
and an American goldfinch just
about a half-ounce.
Try doing a bit of math and
comparing your weight to that
of some birds. I did this and
determined that I weigh about
the same as 15,000 kinglets!
Q: Where do all the birds go at night?
—John P. Hood River, Oregon
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A: There’s much variability. The answer is easy if we’re
talking about owls. Almost all
owls are nocturnal, possessing
adaptations that allow them to
thrive in the darkness of night.
There are other nocturnal birds
as well, such as whip-poor-wills
and the other nightjars.
Many rails and shorebirds
are often active at night. In
coastal areas the food for these
birds is often most available
at certain tide levels, and the
birds will feed at those tide
levels whether it’s day or night.
Among the shorebirds, this is
most often true for the tactile
feeders—those who find food