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Blog Birding #402

At Hakai Magazine, Phoebe Weston looks into how scientists actually count the many millions of bird crossig the Gulf of Mexico this time of year.

Over the next 18 days, from April 19 until May 7, more than one billion birds will attempt the perilous journey north over the Gulf of Mexico to reach their [read more…]

Blog Birding #401

Warblers that migrate less tend to sing pair duets more, the reasons for this are explored by Liam Mitchell at The AOS Pubs Blog.

We tested whether migrating and duetting are correlated in the evolutionary history of New World warblers. Essentially, we were looking to see if duetting and the absence of migration show [read more…]

Blog Birding #401

The week has been one for Bill Thompson III memories, and Sharon Stiteler of Birdchick adds hers.

I have so many special birding moments or stories that I tell friends that he was part of. He may not even be mentioned in those stories, but he was there experiencing them with me. He was [read more…]

Blog Birding #400

Birders in the northern part of North America are starting to see the arrival of spring in the form of Red-winged Blackbirds. Kent MacFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Blog celebrates their raucous return and what it means about the changing climate.

Getting her start in 1960, Kathleen Anderson recorded spring phenology on her [read more…]

Blog Birding #399

The population of the range-restricted Golden-cheeked Warbler has been increasing in recent years, but the potential loss of its Endangered Species status could incite conflicts with developers. At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty has more.

In 2014, FWS completed a five-year status review, concluding that continuing urbanization and associated habitat destruction and fragmentation still threatened the [read more…]

Blog Birding #399

At Audubon, Hannah Waters explores the wild world of Dark-eyed Junco subspecies.

But they aren’t separate species—at least, not yet. The regional varieties of junco will still mate and interbreed randomly wherever their ranges meet, which means they are all the same species. “It’s probably speciation in action,” says Ellen Ketterson, an Indiana University biologist [read more…]

Blog Birding #398

Kaeli Swift of Corvid Research considers the bird of many names, the Canada Jay.

On May 23rd, 2018 the American Ornithological Society announced that Perisoreus canadensis, the bird formerly known as the gray jay, would be officially recognized as the Canada jay. Although this change felt disruptive to some, for the folks spearheading the campaign, [read more…]

Blog Birding #397

Rob Dudley of Feathered Photography shares a neat series of photos of a Rough-legged Hawk’s prey who refused to go down without a fight.

Soon after he turned to his left there was obviously something going on with that feisty vole. The hawk is holding the vole as gingerly as possible with only its talons [read more…]

Blog Birding #396

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty shares a brief history of the ABA in a time when birding information is more plentiful than ever.

As Claudia Wilds wrote: “If you ask the founding fathers what the birding scene was like before ABA, they present a world heavily dependent on friends and friends of friends and marked [read more…]

Blog Birding #395

At The Eyrie, Matt Smith introduces Fantasy Birding, the new game that enables birders to seek birds virtually around the world.

If you’re familiar with fantasy football or baseball, Fantasy Birding will be easy to understand. You make strategic choices in advance, then get points based on real-world results. In Fantasy Birding those results come [read more…]