Birding News #4

:: Hurricane Sandy removed a lot of sand from beaches needed by horseshoe crabs need to lay their eggs. And fewer crab eggs make it harder for Red Knots to fuel their migration.

:: More on the Red Knot: there is a petition to continue the moratorium on harvesting horseshoe crabs in New Jersey.

:: Superb Fairy Wrens in Australia eavesdrop on the alarm calls of other species.

:: The American Bird Conservancy and Fundación ProAves have purchased key wintering habitat for birds in Colombia, South America. One of the species this will benefit, along with 25 other neotropical migrants, is the Cerulean Warbler, a bird whose population has declined by about 70 percent in the last 40 years.

:: February is National Bird Feeding month!

:: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating nearly 1,300 miles as protected habitat for the endangered Southwestern Willow flycatcher.

:: A Laysan Albatross named Wisdom is the oldest recorded bird in the United States at the age of about 62, and on February 3rd she hatched a healthy-looking chick.

:: Birds are inside the Mitchell International Airport in Wisconsin.

:: You can now watch real-time submissions of checklists on eBird.

A Great Horned Owl survived getting hit by a sport-utility vehicle in Florida.

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Sharon at Birdchick: The latest Birdchick Podcast

:: From Nemesis Bird: New Birding Apps Roundup

:: From Catherine Hamilton, guest writer for the American Birding Association blog: A New Field Mark for Differentiating Stints and Peeps

:: From Julie Gidwitz-Vinkler beat writer at Birding is FunA Few Fun Facts about Several Bird Species

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