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    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...]

          Blog Birding #193

          It’s summer time, and while the birding slows down the need for volunteer censusing of breeding bird populations goes up. Scott Simmons at Birding is Fun shares some of the highlights of the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas.

          Beginning in about the middle of May Central Florida begins to loose its migrants, and birds the breed [read more...]

            Blog Birding #192

            We’ve long thought that colorful birds have simple songs and dull birds have impressive songs, but recent research suggests that some birds in the tropics can in fact have both. Hugh Powell has the details at Cornell’s All About Birds blog.

            Animals have limited resources, and they have to spend those in order to develop [read more...]

              Blog Birding #191

              We don’t often think a lot about how lengths and widths in field guides are determines. Steve Howell at the Traveling Trinovid blog explains why we should take them with a grain of salt, and suggests a better way.

              Related to “size” is a pet peeve of mine: virtually all field guides give just a [read more...]

                Blog Birding #190

                Dorian Anderson, he of Biking for Birds fame, is heading into the mountains for the summer having cleaned up in southeast Arizona over the last month. He talks a bit about the lesser known aspects of biking Big Year here.

                As you can imagine, I am very limited in what I can find to eat [read more...]

                  Blog Birding #189

                  Birder have a love/hate relationship with gulls; the family boasts as many landfill-slumming varieties as transcendent dream birds. But they are consummate survivors and capable of incredible feats, like this California Gull hunting swallows photographed by Corey De Stein and published at The Nemesis Bird.

                  We observed the California Gull working the canal area as [read more...]

                    Blog Birding #188

                    A festival like The Biggest Week in American Birding brings together people from all over to revel in migration’s plenty. Melissa Penta, at My Digital Mind, writes about her experiences.

                    Not bad for a more distant bird, hand held. We enjoyed some Common Gallinules who foraged nearby and kept our eyes out for the bitterns. [read more...]

                      Blog Birding #187

                      We’re constantly amazed at the sort of amazing insight into the lives of birds discovered through the reams of data entered into eBird by regular birders. Hugh Powell at Cornell’s All About Birds blog writes about migratory passerines and the circuitous routes they take to and from their breeding grounds:

                      The new work solved this [read more...]

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