Birds dropping like … birds

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A dead grackle lies on Pile Street as traffic rolls by Wednesday afternoon near the corner of 10th Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A significant number of birds in Clovis have been reported dead, according to Clovis animal control officers. However, officials said the sudden reports of dead grackles, […]

Avian visitors worth moment’s gander

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Clovis had a weird visitor the other day. Well, the critter probably doesn’t think it looks weird, but this was a strange looking bird to be in our part of the country. I was at my day job south of town off Curry Road K amidst all the open fields. […]

Zoo officials trying to cut back on peacock population

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Over breeding has led to an abundance of peacocks at Hillcrest Zoo. Officials are making the birds available for purchase in an effort to curb their numbers. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo is getting out of control, according to zoo director Herschel Arnold. Although […]

Turkey speaks out about American holiday

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted Wednesday with Tom T. Turkey in a barnyard just south of Portales. Q. Mr. Turkey, what does the middle initial T. stand for? A. Terrified, until I realized that was a telephoto lens in your hand and not a hatchet as you came […]

For the birds: Cranes makes Muleshoe regular stop

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Sandhill cranes take flight in huge flocks this time of year. Wildlife managers are studying their shifting migration patterns. (KRT photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer MULESHOE — From the cab of his white pickup truck, Harold Beierman scans the quiet lakes. He is checking up on some seasonal guests. Peering through a pair […]

Hubers start turkey business

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Day Trips: Bitter Lakes refuge offers variety of activities

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The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge was established in 1937 to provide migratory birds a suitable habitat for wintering location and to preserve critical wetlands in the Southwest. (Courtesy photo) The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area […]

A Beautiful Morning at Robert Lee, Texas

By Curtis K. Shelburne It’s been a beautiful morning in Robert Lee, Texas. My brothers and I have been back here together at the old home place for a few precious days. I’ve been imitating my great-grandfather and grandfather by spending some time this morning just sitting in a lawn chair by the side of […]

Clovis tweet for birders

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer If anyone says Clovis is for the birds — they’re right. At least according to the 2005 Great Backyard Birdcount. This eighth annual event racked up 35 species — and nearly 6,000 birds — for Clovis alone. The findings are based on area volunteers’ checklists compiled Feb. 18-21, the […]

This one’s for the birds

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Jim Weaver has a ranch in Roosevelt County where a somewhat rare bird can be found this time of year. It is mating season for the lesser prairie-chicken, an event that has turned into a unique celebration for the residents of Milnesand. The fourth annual High Plains Prairie-Chicken Festival […]

Flocking together

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European starlings often group together during the winter months, especially at dusk as seen here Sunday near the corner of 21st Street and Sasser Drive. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Richard Sharick watched as swarms of birds filled the sky Sunday evening outside his home in the 100 block of […]

Farmers were not meant to raise turkeys

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes Thanksgiving Day with fond memories of family gatherings and succulent roast turkeys — you know, those buzzard-looking birds with Jurassic brains the size of peas and flapping wings strong enough to tear your head off. One particular event in my family’s history had to do with 200 of […]

Someone cares about prairie chickens

By Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Sometimes, if he is any kind of fair, a columnist has to say he was wrong. It’s not easy, but here goes. Five years ago, I was just plain mean to the lesser prairie chicken. Here’s what I said: “Far be it for me to offend a single, solitary person […]

Tour of Nevada, Colorado air bases shows big picture

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Juan Garza, Clovis businessman and city commissioner, tries out a minigun, which rapid-fires six bullets at once, on a Pavehawk helicopter Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. Courtesy photo: Ernie Kos. Ray Sullivan: CNJ publisher For two days last week, 25 civilians from this area were given a whirlwind glimpse of […]

Endangered Species Act needs overhaul

What’s the difference between a ferruginous pygmy owl living in Arizona and a ferruginous pygmy owl living just across the border in Sonora, Mexico? And no, south-of-the-border birds do not wear tiny sombreros. If you answered, “nothing,” you’ve just shown more common sense than the geniuses in Washington who wrote and passed the Endangered Species […]

the attack of the birds

by amos boss there have been some strange air currents passing through the church pew underworld these days in alfred hitchcock-style the birds have landed and they re causing more ruckus than an octopus on a merry-go-round first came the parrots who repeat what others say – have you heard what so-and-so said – they […]