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    Blog Birding #203

    Migrating birds have it tough. Not only do that have to traverse thousands of miles in difficult conditions, they also occasionally have gulls picking them off like flies on a window when they cross the Great Lakes, as Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus documented recently.

    The assumption here is that the passerines migrate over the [read more...]

      Blog Birding #202

      Tis the season for southbound movement, and few birds do it do visibly as hawks. Laura Erickson writes about her experience watching migrating raptors at Hawk Ridge.

      We did keep a count of non-raptors up at the Lakewood Pumping Station—we called that Dawn Dickey Duty—but again, although our team was about as skilled as any [read more...]

        Blog Birding #201

        Birds don’t have much in the way of a sense of taste, with the notable exception of hummingbirds, which have a famous sweet tooth. Ed Yong at National Geographic’s Not Exactly Rocket Science explains how the ability to taste sweet things was lost, and then re-found, in that one specific family.

        In 2004, the chicken [read more...]

          Blog Birding #200

          Great Black-backed Gulls are massive and brutish, but aging y0ung birds are require a practiced eye. Amar Ayyash of Anything Larus looks at juvenile and 1st summer GBBGs.

          My short semi-annual runs to the East Coast are usually just enough time for me to visit the most popular gull hangouts between Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay [read more...]

            Blog Birding #199

            Birders and birding organizations are always thinking about the best way to attract new birders to the fold. Laurence Butler, at Butler’s Birds and Things has a, shall we say, original concept.

            There are initiatives underway to increase urban birding, and with that, diversify birder demographics. Qualifying species as ‘endangered’ can help with protection, but [read more...]

              Blog Birding #198

              BirdWatcher’s Digest has started a new multi-author blog that should be worth paying attention to called Out There With The Birds. A recent post by Sophie Webb about her time off the California coast is an early highlight.

              In the spring, the days at sea can be long. Depending on what the ship is doing, [read more...]

                Blog Birding #197

                Sharon Stiteler, known far and wide as Birdchick, is covering the important case of the Minnesota Vikings, whose brand new stadium looks to be something of a mess for migratory birds.

                I’m not a big fan of petitions but this is a rare case where I think we need as many signatures as possible. Even [read more...]

                  Blog Birding #196

                  Birders have watched closely the rapid increase in the number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in North America, from the rare winter stray to an increasingly common summer resident in the north. Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus, may have hit the motherload last week, however, with an impressive concentration of the species in Wisconsin.

                  On Friday, [read more...]

                    Blog Birding #195

                    Summertime may mean slower (or at least more uncomfortable) birding, but with some big taxonomic news coming it’s nice to take a refresher on the major bird systematics news of the year. At 10,000 Birds, David Ringer wraps things up. Kiwis and elephant birds? American Tree Juncos? All here.

                    It’s mid-July, which among other things [read more...]

                      Blog Birding #194

                      Tis the season for slow birding and bald cardinals. Rick Wright, at Birding New Jersey and Beyond, digs up an early example of the phenomenon confusing birders then as it does annually nowadays.

                      The internet is clogged with photographs of hideous northern cardinals, the feathers of their heads all gone to reveal wrinkled bluish skin. There’s a [read more...]

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