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Blog Birding #385

They’re one of the most maligned birds in North America, and indeed around the world, but they’re fascinating birds with their amazing adaptability and interesting plumage. Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography explains what she finds so compelling about them.

I know that there are people who find European Starlings repulsive and resent them [read more…]

Blog Birding #384

The long-term decline of aerial insectivorous birds is one of the more concerning bird conservation trends in North America and, indeed, around the world. At The AOS Publications Blog, see a summary of a recently published study seeks to figure out why Tree Swallows are declining in Canada.

Cox and her colleagues believe that increasingly [read more…]

Blog Birding #383

The Cape May Bird Observatory’s new 21st century banding station is already seeing dividends. The researchers there are place geotrackers on some of the catches to see where they go and and how they use the landscape. David La Puma has more.

As of today, they have now been deployed on two resident species (Northern [read more…]

Blog Birding #382

There may be no wild bird species that is more readily associated with human civilization than the plucky House Sparrow, and it turns out that their evolution was driven by humans in ways we are only now beginning to understand. More at Phys.org.

House sparrows are closely associated with humans and are found in [read more…]

Blog Birding #381

At Shorebird Science, Shiloh Schulte shares what it’s like to seek the hidden nests of shorebirds on the tundra.

Good nest-finding skills are essential for our work up here on the Canning River. We are trying to retrieve satellite transmitter put out in previous years and deploy new tags on several shorebird species. In both [read more…]

Blog Birding #380

Ron Pittaway’s much-anticipated Winter Finch Report for the winter of 2018-2019 is out, and it looks like it’s going to be a good one in the east.

This is an irruption (flight) year for winter finches in the East. Cone and birch seed crops are poor to low in most of Ontario and the Northeast, [read more…]

Blog Birding #379

At The Nemesis Bird, Tim Healy tells the take of a particularly excellent New York pelagic.

Pelagic birding trips appeal to my inner explorer. Searching for wildlife on the high seas offers a special kind of thrill, an opportunity to break from more typical, terrestrial efforts and visit a realm beyond the boundaries of humanity’s [read more…]

Blog Birding #378

In this season of migration Larry at The Brownstone Birding Blog urges birder not to take the birds they do see for granted when seeking out birds you might see.

One of the advantages of using eBird is that you can look to see what people are seeing in the area and then go [read more…]

Blog Birding #377

At Avian Hybrids, a fascinating look at hybridization of sharp-tailed sparrows by Jente Ottenburghs.

Hybridization can work as an evolutionary stimulus. For example by transferring beneficial genetic variants from one species to another. This process, adaptive introgression, has been described for numerous taxa, such as butterflies and snowshoe hares. However, examples in birds are [read more…]

Blog Birding #376

Some fascinating insights on indigenous bird names by Jessica Gorzo at Avian Ecologist.

As I’ve been researching Indigenous bird names from what is currently known as North America, I’ve also been reading a book from a very different part of the world: Mount Bosavi, Papua New Guinea. It’s a musicology text, written by an [read more…]

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