Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ABC Wednesday: X is for the birds

Xantus's Murrelet is an interesting seabird. The chicks leave the nest for the ocean when they're only two days old.

Xantus's Murrelet chick
 Photos from Mr. Google

Xantus's Murrelet
The following Siberian fork-tailed gull is called a Xeme.

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus is the formal name of the yellow-headed blackbird shown below. We have actually seen these in southern Alberta.

Posted for
ABC Wednesday,
Mrs. Nesbitt's alphabetical meme.
Thanks, Denise and team!


Fran said...

I love all these different birds, the one is the yellow head is quite splendid xxx

Jo said...

You are amazing, Kay. To find words beginning with X and then to share such beautiful and unusual birds with us. Thanks!! Hope you're all having a wonderful spring - or has summer arrived already? Hugs Jo

Roger Owen Green said...

post was indeed OF the birds and well done at that.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

VioletSky said...

that yellow headed blackbird really stands out.
imagine leaving home for a life on the seas at just two days old!

Reader Wil said...

What a colourful birds you have in Canada. Thank you for all the animals you always show . It is always interesting what other bloggers find when a special letter like X is having its turn. It's a pity I cannot read all the posts.
The day after tomorrow I am leaving for Australia. So I am busy packing and checking my luggage.
Have a great week!
Wil, ABC Team.

Daryl Edelstein said...

what striking coloring ..

diane b said...

I've never heard of those exxy birds. Leaves the nest after 2 days wow and humans take about 25 years.

Misty Dawn said...

My best-bud got a great photo of one of these birds recently!

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks for teaching me about this gorgeous bird!Very interesting post!

Leslie: said...

Cute little chick! You sure went all out to find X words...great job!

abcw team

chubskulit said...

The xanthocephalus is gorgeous.

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Powell River Books said...

I've never heard of a yellow-headed blackbird. It is beautiful. - Margy