Thursday, October 30, 2014
Bird of the Day: California's Endemic, the Yellow-billed Magpie
dropping from an estimated 180,000 individuals to only 90,000 or so. The survivors had some resistance to the virus, so the population has rebounded in recent years. It would have been a real shame to lose these beautiful and unique birds. I've enjoyed watching the flocks in my neighborhood pasture and on the west campus as well.
Wikipedia article on the ancient birds, they also noted the resemblance.