Birding News #2

:: Homeowners in Midwest City, Oklahoma, are not pleased by an egret rookery near their houses, and want the nests and egrets removed!

:: A great article in the New York Times travel section about Minnesota’s Festival of Birds at Sax-Zim Bog coming up February 15th-17th. More festival information is here.

:: Chimney Swift numbers are declining and scientists are looking for answers in a chimney that hasn’t had swifts nesting in it for 21 years

:: The Tufted Puffin has its own 2013 postage stamp

:: The endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers are arriving on their wintering grounds in China, and are being illegally trapped, not good news for one of the world’s rarest species

:: Could the viral video of an eagle grabbing a baby be the cause of an increase in shooting of eagles and hawks? The eagle is fake if you don’t yet know; the video was created by students at a Montreal animation school. If you haven’t seen it yet (more than 4.5 million people have seen it on YouTube), here’s the video,

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Mia at On the Wing Photography: How to compare Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons

:: From Sharon Stiteler, beat writer at 10,000 Birds: How To Choose A Digiscoping Camera. Sharon, aka Birdchick, has her own blog here.

:: From The American Birding Association blog: A discussion about whether Common and Hoary Redpolls are distinguishable in the field

:: From The Into the Air blog: 6 Simple Homemade Bird Suet Recipes

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