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Liz Deluna Gordon
29. by Liz Deluna Gordon on June 16, 2011 at 05:49 pm

They Chachalacas in our backyard in San Benito ate our Fiddlewood leaves...but they didn't eat them just once. They ate the leaves off an easy walking branch then would come by when the new fresh leaves had leafed out and eat them. It was like a salad bar with fresh young greens.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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The chachalacas in our yard one good year had ten babies. The amazing thing was they had them in three batches. The first batch of three the parents tended the nest and brought the kids down. When they were old enough one parent went back up to the nest and brooded the next set of four. When those chicks were able to come down the parents left one of the older chicks from the first batch to watch over the second set of chicks while both parents tended the eggs and then when the chicks were old enough the parents paraded them around the yard. Chachalacas are very social birds.

by Liz Deluna Gordon on June 16, 2011 at 05:55 pm
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When the trains go through San Benito and blow their horns the Chachalacas all over the city start calling to each other. At first all family groups call in a cacophony then slowly each settles down to sleep until only a couple are calling then one last effort and silence.

by Liz Deluna Gordon on June 16, 2011 at 05:59 pm

When the trains go pass through San Benito way before dawn and blow their horns the Chachalacas within earshot start calling to each other. At first all family groups call in a cacophony then slowly each settles down to sleep until only a couple are calling then one last effort and finally after a couple of weak attempts silence.

by Liz Deluna Gordon on June 16, 2011 at 05:59 pm

When the trains go through San Benito and blow their horns the Chachalacas all over the city start calling to each other. At first all family groups call in a cacophony then slowly each family group settles down to sleep until only a couple are calling then one last effort and at last silence.

by Liz Deluna Gordon on June 16, 2011 at 06:00 pm

When the trains go through San Benito and blow their horns the Chachalacas all over the city start calling to each other. At first all family groups call in a cacophony then slowly each family group settles down to sleep until only a couple are calling then one last effort and at last silence.

by Liz Deluna Gordon on June 16, 2011 at 06:00 pm

When the trains go through San Benito and blow their horns the Chachalacas all over the city start calling to each other. At first all family groups call in a cacophony then slowly each family group settles down to sleep until only a couple are calling then one last effort and at last silence.

by Liz Deluna Gordon on June 16, 2011 at 06:01 pm
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