American Birding Podcast



Blog Birding #242

It’s baby bird season, and David Sibley has some thoughts about identifying them when their parents aren’t around.

Birds are busy this time of year, trying to raise a family (or two or three) and then get ready for fall migration, and it all goes so fast. The young birds are full-grown just a few weeks after they hatch, and the opportunity to see them at these early stages are limited. In one sense they are not much of an identification challenge (infrequently seen and usually with a parent), but that scarcity also means that when we do see them (especially without a parent) they can be very tough to identify.

In addition to our own breakdown of the recent AOU supplement (the one with the splits and lumps), you can find Rick Wright’s take at Birding New Jersey and Beyond.

It’s here, right on time, and birders around the world are scrutinizing every last densely printed word in this year’s supplement to the AOU Check-list. (That’s right: hyphen, small “l.”) There aren’t terribly many species-level splits or lumps this time, but there are some very significant changes at the higher levels of taxonomy, including some that will have many family listers spending the rest of the day on Travelocity.

Peregrine Falcons are increasingly a part of our our urban habitats, and the various re-introduction programs that have popped up in the last 20 years have been enormously successful. Laura Erickson shares an update on one in Duluth.

The day before, when the banders were sizing up the situation to decide if the chicks were the right size for banding, the female kept aggressively attacking them. She grabbed the hat off Raptor Resource Project Director Bob Anderson’s head, but the next time she swooped in, they plucked her out of the sky and banded her.

At Brownstone Birding Blog, Larry ranks the least desirable birds in Connecticut, all of which probably rank among the least desirable just about anywhere on the continent.

 Other than people who curse at pigeons and gulls for making a mess on their freshly-washed cars  I don’t think there are many bird haters in Connecticut. Surprisingly, most of the negativity I’ve encountered have come people who have an overall interest in birds.

At The Guardian’s Science Blog, Grrlscientist shares some research about tracking migratory birds in North America.

Did you know the coast of Texas is a critically important place for migratory birds in the U.S. and Canada? This is where most migratory birds that breed in the eastern United States and throughout Canada first make landfall after a long migration across the Gulf of Mexico. This is where they seek food, water and rest before continuing northward on their migratory journeys.