“Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland” Giveaway Reminder!

CrossleyB&IThere are still several days left to enter my giveaway for a copy of the brand new Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland. I’ve been reading through my copy of the guide and it’s great — very helpful for learning birds from across the pond!

To enter the contest, just leave a comment in this post (or my previous one) with the name of your favorite British or Irish bird by December 19th. After a random draw, I’ll announce the winner on December 21st, a wonderful way to celebrate the solstice and bring some extra cheer to the shortest day of the year!

Good luck to everyone!

Birding News #47

:: The big news story of the week was The New York Daily News article about the three Snowy Owls shot at JFK airport.

:: Shortly after The New York Daily News article came out, a petition was started to stop the shooting of Snowy Owls, and responding to the outcry — not just in the birding world — NY’s Port Authority announced that it would be relocating owls at risk of interfering with flights, rather than killing them.

:: Celebrate Urban Birds is holding a fun photo contest!

:: Sir David Attenborough says cats are killing large numbers of British birds

:: An article from The Washington Post about twitchers

:: Tree Sparrows are able to recognize eggs laid in their nest by other bird species

:: Have you ever wondered why woodpeckers don’t get headaches?

Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Timothy at Into the AirSnowy Owls 2013: Everything You Need to Know

:: From Shyloh at Beaking Off: The Beginning of the Winter Birding Season

:: From Jeremy at AZ BirdbrainYellow Inked Warbler

:: From Tim at Bird CanadaEarly winter birding in Calgary

:: From George at The ABA BlogThe Top 10: Most Awesome Bird Names in the World

:: :: From Sharon at Birdchick: The latest Birdchick podcast

Feathers on Friday

If you would like to join me for my Feathers on Friday meme, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I’ll add the link to my post.

My local Christmas Bird Count is this Saturday, so I’m hoping my team will be able to find Pine Grosbeaks. I haven’t seen any yet this winter — so fingers crossed!

A male Pine Grosbeak at my grandparents’ feeder last year,

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More Feathers on Friday:

:: From Josiah at Birds in Your Backyard: Feathers on Friday

:: From Ethan at Bird Boy: Feathers on Friday

New Bird Canada Blog Post

My monthly post is up at the Bird Canada blog, about Holiday Gifts for Birders. Come over and join us!

The Warbler Guide is one of the gifts on my list,

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Birding News #46

::  An article on how birds are able to sleep without falling off their perches

:: It’s another great winter for Snowy Owls in the Northeast United States

:: Plans to monitor fresh-water crocodiles in Australia with a motion-sensitive camera were interrupted when a young Sea Eagle flew away with the camera. It was found later about 110 kilometres away from where it had been set up.

:: Owen is a six-year-old birder from Massachusetts, and in 2014 he’ll being doing a Massachusetts Big Year! You can read about his adventures on his blog. I wish him the best of luck!

:: A very interesting story on why some birds may be gynandromorphs

:: A protection plan has been put in place to save the Greater Sage Grouse in Canada, but is it too little too late?

:: An article from The Calgary Herald about the much debated topic of baiting in birds of prey, especially owls, for photographs.

:: Heavy rainfall and warmer temperatures are not good for breeding Peregrine Falcons in the Arctic.

Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Larry at A Brownstone Stone Birding BlogClose-up Deer & 1 Elf Village But No Snowy Owl

:: From Neil at Accidental Big Year 2013: Pink and White in Texas

:: From Josh at Birding is FunBirding the Sax-Zim Bog

:: From Nate at The Drinking BirdBlack Friday, White Owl

:: From Clare at 10,000 Birds: Grey-crowned Babblers-Yahoo

:: Andrew at Birding DudeUgh…Gulls!

:: From Gordon at Birding Adventures: Way out West

:: From Dan at Birds CalgaryBeaverdam Flats is a breath of fresh air

“Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland” Giveaway!

CrossleyB&IOver the past few months, there’s been a lot of buzz about Richard Crossley’s and Dominic Couzen’s new ID Guide to Britain & Ireland, published by Princeton University Press. The Britain & Ireland guide follows the same principle as previous Crossley books (which I’ve written about here and here). The book features more than 300 regularly occurring species of Britain and Ireland and fabulous photographs!

There was blog tour this Autumn for the guide with some of the blogs hosting giveaways, including the Princeton University Press blog and 10,000 Birds. I was very excited a few weeks ago to learn that I had won a copy of the book from the Princeton blog’s contest, but earlier this week I received an email from Cory at 10,000 Birds saying that I had won a copy in their giveaway. (By the way, the video featuring Cory’s son is adorable.)

So, I’m holding a contest to give away a copy of the new Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland. The lucky winner will receive a copy straight from Princeton University Press, in time for some great birding in the New Year.

To enter the contest, just leave a comment in this post with the name of your favorite British or Irish bird by December 19th. After a random draw, I’ll announce the winner on December 21st, a wonderful way to celebrate the solstice and bring some extra cheer to the shortest day of the year!

Good luck to everyone!

Great thanks to Cory from 10,000 Birds and Jessica from Princeton University Press for the opportunity to hold this contest.

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Edited to add:

I received my copy of the guide yesterday in the mail from Princeton University Press and it looks great! I can’t wait to start learning my British and Irish birds. Thanks so much again Princeton,

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Feathers on Friday

If you would like to join me for my Feathers on Friday meme, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I’ll add the link to my post.

It has been bitterly cold this week, so here is a Baltimore Oriole to warm the day,

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More Feathers on Friday:

:: From Josiah at Birds in Your Backyard: Feathers on Friday

:: From babsje at Great Blue HeronsBlack-Crowned Night Heron and Great Blue Heron Encounter

:: From Ethan at Bird Boy: Feathers on Friday