Birding News #20

:: Birders in Fredericton, New Brunswick are excited by the large numbers of large numbers of Chimney Swifts in the area

:: The endangered Hawaiian Hawks have been found injured on Big Island

:: A story from The New Yorker about how birds talk

:: In some places, bumblebees steal bird nests, using their “buzz” to scare away the birds.

:: Arctic Terns breeding in the Netherlands migrate to their wintering in Antarctica, by way of New Zealand!

:: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has released its Master Set of 4,938 downloadable bird songs, a project that has taken 80 years to complete.

:: Many Atlantic Puffins are dying of starvation because of what scientists think is a shifting fish population and the rise of the ocean’s temperature.

:: The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station in Toronto banded its 2,500th bird for the Spring season earlier this week! And here is a story from CBC about the research station.

:: 48 birders were rescued from a sinking ship while on a pelagic trip in England

:: Tree Swallows are getting lots of help in Pointe-Claire, Quebec

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Linda at Photo Feathers: American Woodcocks at The Biggest Week

:: From Timothy at Backyard Chirper: Birder vs. Birdwatcher: What’s in a Name?

:: From Mia at On The Wing Photography: Bubble, Bubble, Oil is Trouble

:: From Sharon at Birdchick: Biggest Week 2013

:: From Pat, beat writer for Birding is Fun: Whoo Says It’s Too Close

:: From Greg, guest writer for Birds CalgaryFrank Lake Ibis Colony Destroyed?

:: From David at A Calgary Birder: Magic Moments with a Nest Box (full disclosure — I have a photo and get a mention in the post…)

:: My friend Marcel’s Baillie Birdathon results — featuring spudnuts!

Birding News #19

:: The famous Red Knot called B95 or Moonbird has survived another Spring migration. Moonbird is about 20 years old and researchers believe he is the oldest living Red Knot.

:: Alaska is experiencing some very rare birds this Spring migration, and higher numbers than usual.

:: Marbled Murrelets are an endangered species and Steller’s Jays are eating their eggs in California. Researchers are putting out fake Murrelets eggs that induce vomiting in the Jays, so they won’t want to eat the endangered seabirds eggs.

:: CBS News visited the Biggest Week in American Birding and aired a segment on birding.

:: If you would like to see LEGO add a collection of North American bird kits to their line of products, please vote for these great LEGO birds by Thomas Poulsom (you may have seen his British, European, Oceana, or Tropical Lego birds already)!

:: The American Bird Conservancy is requesting a ban on the insecticide neonicotinoid, poison so deadly it can kill a songbird with one kernel of corn.

:: A pair of rare Common Cranes and their nest in Britain are under 24 hour surveillance to protect the eggs from collectors.

:: An article about why penguins don’t fly and why they are so good at swimming

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Steve at Steve Creek Wildlife PhotographyPied-billed Grebe Eating Crayfish

:: From Rich, beat writer for Birding Is FunHorse of the Woods — The Capercaillie

:: From Gordon at Birding Adventures: Willcox, Arizona — 18 May 2013

:: From Landon at Two Birders and Binoculars: Planning a Big Year

:: From Mia at On the Wing Photography: Potpourri of Birds — from this week

:: From Rebecca at Rebecca in the Woods: Killdeer! Killdeer! Killdeer!

Birding News #17

:: A hiker fell 1,000 feet to her death in the Pyrenees Mountain range and within 40 minutes Griffon Vultures ate her remains

:: The American Birding Association has launched “Birder’s Marketplace“!

:: A statewide survey last month showed that numbers of nesting Bald Eagles in Massachusetts have increased after the species was reintroduced between 1982 and 1988

:: Birds in Britain are benefitting from climate change because of milder winters and longer nesting seasons, but there are other considerable disadvantages

:: More disadvantages to climate change — birds in Scotland such as the Eurasian Dotterel, Snow Bunting, and the Rock Ptarmigan, could become extinct by the end of the century because climate change, experts warn

:: Earlier this week Common Loons were grounded in Wisconsin after late spring storms

:: Even though California Condors are endangered, private companies will not be prosecuted if their wind turbines accidentally kill a condor

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From David at a Calgary Birder: Mega-Rarity Purple Sandpiper at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary 

:: From Nicholas at Hipster Birders: Thrushed with Excitement in Forsyth Park!

:: From Nancy, co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Saratoga Springs, NY, who blogs at The Zen Birdfeeder: 5 Tip to Attract Orioles into your Yard

:: From Tim, beat writer for Birding is Fun: Vermilion Flycatcher — A True Beauty 

:: From John at Two Birders and BinocularsHow to Attract More Warblers to Your Backyard

:: From Josh at Ontario Birds and Herps: Point Pelee — May 11

Birding News #16

:: Rare Bird Alert in Canada: A Garganey (Code 4) has been found around Mirabel, Laurentides, Quebec.

:: A pair of Peregrine Falcons at the Bell Tower in Edmonton, Alberta, have laid three eggs, and the Alberta Conservation Association has put up a cam so you can watch the pair via live streaming.

:: BirdWatching Magazine has a list of 19 books about birds that have been recently published, and the editors’ favorites

:: A man from Alaska defended his family from a bear attack using his spotting scope and tripod

:: About 50 ducks were rescued in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, after landing in potash waste water ponds

:: The Madagascar Pochard is the world’s rarest duck and now, 58 of them are part of a captive breeding program to help stabilize the wild population 

:: Birders are getting very frustrated with shooters who are disrespectful of the Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Landon at Two Birders and Binoculars: Where do Birds Sleep?

:: From Russell at BC Rare Bird Alert: Help Support The Spoon-billed Sandpiper

:: From Sharon, beat writer for 10,000 Birds: How Close is “Too Close” to an Owl?

:: From Ryan, beat writer for Birding is Fun: A Hybrid Dusky Grouse x Sharp-tailed Grouse

:: From Mia at On The Wing Photography: Bird Sampler for April 28 through May 4, 2013

Birding News #11

:: Some facts about migrating birds and their long-distance journeys from Nature Canada

:: Tips for identifying tricky finches

:: Starvation could be the reason hundreds of dead puffins washed ashore on the east coast of the United Kingdom

:: A little bit about the Short-eared Owl, an endangered species in Michigan

:: In New Jersey, the Duke Farms Bald Eagle Camera was attacked by a Red-tailed Hawk. Unfortunately, the hawk didn’t make it out alive: “They finished off the hawk already,” Almendinger said. “They were eating trout yesterday.”

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Scott, beat writer, at Birding Is Fun: Identifying Waterthrushes

:: From Sharon, beat writer, at Bird Canada: Drilling for “oil” in the nursery

:: From Nate, beat writer at 10,000 Birds: IATB Theme: I Want Robins, Of All Kinds

:: From Laurence, beat writer, at Birding Is Fun: The Empid Enigma: To Catch a Flycatcher

:: From Bill of Bill of the BirdsThey’re Baaaaack

:: From Dan, beat writer for Birds CalgarySunday Showcase: Long-eared Owl

Birding News #10

:: Rare Bird Alert in Canada: A Common Chaffinch (Code 4) has been found in Corner Brook, Newfoundland

:: Are birds able to avoid becoming roadkill?

:: Is finding an owl in the basement a sign of Spring?

:: Many species are now making a comeback after thousands of rats invaded a southern California island 10 years ago

:: Birdseye Smartphone Apps is having a photo contest

:: Buzzfeed on the problem of maintaining privacy for birds in a digital age: “Putting out an owl alert to a listserve of local birders would be like tipping off the paparazzi that Lindsay Lohan is leaving a nightclub with no underwear.”

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Alex at Nemesis Bird: Photo Study: Gray Jay at Algonquin Provincial Park

:: From David at A Calgary Birder: Weekend at Bluetail’s

:: From Rob, beat writer, at Birding Is Fun: An Unexpected Saw-Whet 

:: From Mia at On the Wing PhotographyLoggerhead Shrikes they are MIA

:: From Ken at Rosyfinch Ramblings: A Knot in Tigertail 

Birding News #3

:: The British Columbia government has approved the shooting of Barred Owls to help save their endangered cousins, the Spotted Owls.

:: A study from Duke University found that live Swamp Sparrows are aggressive to taxidermied Swamp Sparrows. A video of the live sparrows attacking the taxidermied ones is at the bottom of this post.

:: The New York Times, the American Bird Conservancy, the Canadian Broadcasting CorporationScienceNews, and many other publications had articles last week about the new Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute study about the staggering amount of birds and mammals killed by cats.

:: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology will host a Young Birders Event, August 22-25, 2013. The application deadline is April 1st, and 10 young birders will be accepted.

:: Volunteers are needed to help monitor Red-shouldered Hawk nests in Wisconsin

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Scott Simmons, beat writer at Birding is Fun: Bird Photography for Birders

:: From Nemesis Bird: Looking at Marbled Godwits

:: From Clare Kines, beat writer at 10,000 Birds: His take on Baiting Birds, Owls in Particular

:: From 10,000 Birds: I and the Bird: What is a Raven?

The Swamp Sparrow video mentioned up above,