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  • Your Birdfeeder Is a Battleground, But the Bigger Birds Don't Always Win

    02/18/2018 10:07:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    WCAI ^ | FEB 7, 2018 | MARK FAHERTY
    Have you heard of “bird feeder fight club”? If not, that’s probably because I just made it up. But it totally could be a real thing, according to scientists using Cornell’s vast Project FeederWatch data set. Feeder Watch is one of several bird related citizen science projects managed by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, which also include eBird and Nest Watch. More on those projects another time, but I will say that if you are not using eBird yet, you should be. The brilliance of these projects is that they harness the collective observational power of hundreds of thousands of...
  • Hundreds of birds fall from sky in Draper

    02/02/2018 5:18:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    KTSU ^ | January 30, 2018 | Elle Thomas
    More than 200 birds fell from the sky onto a Draper street Monday, leading residents to wonder what caused this mass avian accident. “It’s one of the rarest things I’ve ever heard of,” said Sergeant Chad Carpenter with the Draper City Police Department. “As I was driving, these birds were just falling out of the sky,” said Draper resident, Lacey Brown as she was driving down the street on 300 East in Draper. “They were all on the ground right around here and on the roadway,” Brown said, “They were just falling out of the sky like leaves,” she added.
  • Birds Seem to Intentionally Spread Fires!

    01/17/2018 1:43:18 PM PST · by fishtank · 53 replies
    Proslogion ^ | 1-15-18 | Jay Wile
    Birds Seem to Intentionally Spread Fires! Jan. 15, 2018 Birds are incredibly intelligent animals. They work through certain probability problems better than some students, they communicate with people in order to hunt, they build structures with perspective in mind, they can figure out other birds’ desires, and they use and modify tools. Well, now we have one more thing to add to the list. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Ethnobiology, at least three species of bird (Black Kites, Whistling Kites, and Brown Falcons) also use fire!
  • Winter Birds to Chopin Etude.

    01/05/2018 12:12:16 PM PST · by mairdie · 26 replies
    The plastic feeder acted as a greenhouse, and the birds would sleep in the feeder attached to our kitchen window during the coldest part of winter.
  • Adorable moment baby skimmer bird gives mom a hug after she fed him first

    01/04/2018 5:13:22 PM PST · by mairdie · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 January 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    A baby bird has been caught hugging his mum's beak at just two days old. The affectionate black skimmer chick was photographed by wildlife fanatic, Thomas Chadwick, 21, from St. Petersburg, Florida, US. He had been following the nest since before the birds hatched and had watched this chick being bullied by his sibling.
  • Microlight pilot dubbed 'birdman' flying with orphaned geese as he helps them migrate in France

    12/29/2017 4:37:33 PM PST · by mairdie · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2017 | Tim Stickings
    They say birds of feather flock together and these birds are no exception as they take to the skies with a microlight pilot they believe to be their mother. Christian Moullec has been dubbed the 'birdman' for his extraordinary relationship with birds and as this breathtaking footage shows, the 58-year-old loves nothing more than sharing his passion with others - taking people up on his microlight and encouraging them to reach out and touch the birds mid-flight. Christian, from Cantal in France, first starting flying with birds back in 1995 in a bid to migrate them to areas where they...
  • Weird Event. . . looked like meteor shower but wasn't but something else! (Vanity)

    11/29/2017 12:54:55 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 97 replies
    Swordmaker Vanity | November 28, 2017 | Swordmaker
    Something VERY strange occurred tonight while my girlfriend and I were soaking in our spa in the backyard about 9:45 PM. We live in the unincorporated area between Sacramento and Rancho Cordova, CA. It was a very cool and clear night and we could, for the first time in a long while see the stars clearly. We turned off the security lights that illuminated the walkway along the garage and enjoyed to clear stars as we lay back and enjoyed a glass of brandy in the spa. Air temperature was about 46º F but the water temperature was a toasty...
  • Birders fear loss of habitat to Obama Center, Jackson Park golf course development

    08/05/2017 8:31:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5 Aug 2017 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    At a recent community forum to discuss plans for the Obama Presidential Center, Karin Droegemueller stepped up to the microphone and introduced herself as an "angry birder." She is among a flock of birders who fear that the proposed $30 million Tiger Woods golf course and expanded driving range tied to the development of the Obama Center will ward off the millions of migratory birds that stop in Jackson Park, and displace the nearly 300 species that have helped make the park a favorite Chicago birding destination... But not all open land is equal, they say. A manicured golf course...
  • Curious cockatoo shuts cheeky cat inside basket after she takes a swipe at her [tr]

    07/28/2017 5:08:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 28, 2017 | Sophie Inge
    A cat and a cockatoo have become an unlikely comic duo after a hilarious standoff between the pair went viral. Footage from Nagoya, Japan, shows the parrot, named Karin, using her beak to prize open a wicker basket - revealing Koume the cat.
  • Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilized in Amber

    07/14/2017 12:18:02 PM PDT · by ETL · 43 replies
    NatGeo ^ | June 7, 2017 | Kristin Romey
    The 99-million-year-old hatchling from the Cretaceous Period is the best preserved of its kind The remains of a baby bird from the time of the dinosaurs have been discovered in a specimen of 99-million-year-old amber, according to scientists writing in the journal Gondwana Research. The hatchling belonged to a major group of birds known as enantiornithes, which went extinct along with dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago. Funded in part by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, this discovery is providing critical new information about these ancient, toothed birds and how they differed...
  • Teens kill endangered birds, setting back conservation efforts 10 years

    07/11/2017 11:48:51 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 35 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 5 July 2017 | Brittany Lyte
    That gruesome sight in December 2015 soon became a crime scene, one that eventually implicated six students and recent graduates of a prestigious Honolulu prep school whose alumni include former president Barack Obama. While on a camping trip the night before the hiker’s arrival, authorities alleged, the boys and young men had hiked to the Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve and mercilessly slaughtered at least 15 Laysan albatrosses, federally protected birds that have been the focus of a 26-year-long conservation effort. Nearly a dozen of their eggs were crushed; six other eggs failed to hatch due to the death of...
  • Angels of Death

    05/27/2017 9:59:47 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 26 May 2017 | Julie Zickefoose
    “Birds of Prey” is a beautifully executed reference work bursting with tack-sharp photos of raptors doing their dastardly worst... This is not a book for the faint of heart; rather, it celebrates every blinding stoop, lucky snag and talon-clench of the birds that kill to live.Describing a banking ferruginous hawk, all bunched talons, angled wings and flinty yellow glare, Mr. Dunne writes: “If ground squirrels have nightmares, this is what they look like.” The small, muscular falcons called merlins seem to be a favorite, to judge from the author’s descriptions of merlin flights near Cape May, N.J., during which “the...
  • Cats 1,100 times as deadly to wildlife as lead poisoning?

    05/27/2017 6:26:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
     Image from spiegel.com The number of animals that die from lead poisoning because of lead projectiles or lead sinkers on fishing tackle, is highly disputed. The high end estimates are about 10-20 million a year in the United States. Let us put that into perspective. Cats kill birds and small animals. Lead poisoning kills some birds and animals. Animals are killed in collisions with vehicles on our roads.  All animals die. How significant are these numbers?  In Internet wanderings I came across some numbers that show that estimates of the deaths by these various means are pretty wild. The...
  • Tuning in on the The Creator’s Twitter Stream

    05/12/2017 8:26:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/17 | Judi McLeod
    Even so, our Creator is still there to remind us—most graphically at dawn and at dusk— that no matter what the news of the day, God is in His heaven. No ‘News’ on the Internet can possibly compete with the largely overlooked ‘Real News’ that begins and ends each and every day. Whether or not we’re up early enough, or too busy to notice, the birdsong of ‘God’s Orchestra’ announces each breaking dawn. Sometimes it begins with the chirp of just one or two little birds, calling out to other feathered friends before the full chorus joins in. It’s almost...
  • Cockfighting Raid Ends With 130 Birds Seized, 3 Arrested

    05/09/2017 11:32:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | May 9, 2017
    Fort Worth police broke up a cockfighting event that ended in the arrests of three men, and 130 birds confiscated, but many had to be euthanized. Officers were called to a home in the 4300 block of Windowmere Street just after 11 a.m. Sunday. Police said 95 cocks, 17 hens and 18 chicks were seized. Seventeen recently-dead cocks were also found on the property. "We humanely euthanized 90 roosters, all who were in some state of suffering," Diane Covey with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter said via email. "Some of the roosters were still wearing gaffs, they were bleeding from...
  • Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds?

    05/09/2017 9:10:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 76 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 4 March, 2015 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Deer aren’t the slim, graceful vegans we thought they were. Scientists using field cameras have caught deer preying on nestling song birds. And it’s not just deer. Herbivores the world over may be supplementing their diets. When researchers in North Dakota set up “nest cams” over the nests of song birds, they expected to see a lot of nestlings and eggs get taken by ground squirrels, foxes, and badgers. Squirrels hit thirteen nests, but other meat-eaters made a poor showing. Foxes and weasels only took one nest each. Know what fearsome animal out-did either of those two sleek, resourceful predators?...
  • The Falklands penguins that would not explode

    05/08/2017 7:29:24 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 May 2017 | Matthew Teller
    The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands were intended to kill or maim British soldiers, but over the last 35 years they have become de facto nature reserves for penguins. For better or worse, however, the time has now come for their home to be demined, reports Matthew Teller.{snip}Fortunately, the landmines aren't a problem for the penguins - at least, not the little Magellanics and Gentoos of Yorke Bay. "They don't seem to be heavy enough to set them off," says Esther Bertram, chief executive officer of Falklands Conservation.
  • MSNBC: Border Wall Even More Problematic Because Birds and Bats Might Not Be Able To Fly Over It-lol

    04/15/2017 6:13:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Video...Comic relief. Public service announcement: the border wall is even more problematic because animals and birds might be impacted. I wish I was kidding, but MSNBC ran a segment with biologist Jeff Corwin, where the latter said jaguars, the Mexican gray wolf, bats, and some birds might be impacted by the border wall’s construction. VIDEO “It would be an unprecedented environmental catastrophe,” said Corwin to host Craig Melvin. Melvin began the segments discussing Rep. Raul Graijalva (D-AZ) and the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit against the federal government over the border enforcement project. In California, the state legislature is considering...
  • Dec 2016: Feathered dinosaur tail fragment trapped in amber amazes scientists

    04/15/2017 2:35:43 PM PDT · by ETL · 101 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 09, 2016 | Rob Verger
    It’s a discovery that's straight out of “Jurassic Park.” Scientists have found a tiny section of a dinosaur’s tail trapped in amber, and not only that, it has feathers. Dating to about 99 million years ago, or the mid-Cretaceous period, the amber containing the eight dinosaur vertebrae originally came from Myanmar. While scientists have known since 1996 that some non-avian dinosaurs had feathers, and even suspected that fact 10 years before that, this new find can teach them more about how feathers have evolved over millions of years. The feathered tail in question came from a juvenile dinosaur, likely a...
  • Penguin colony repeatedly decimated by volcanic eruptions

    04/12/2017 6:42:50 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    British Antarctic Survey ^ | 11 Apr, 2017 | Press Office
    VOne of the largest colonies of gentoo penguins in Antarctica was decimated by volcanic eruptions several times during the last 7,000 years according to a new study. An international team of researchers, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), studied ancient penguin guano and found the colony came close to extinction several times due to ash fall from the nearby Deception Island volcano. Their results are published today (Tuesday 11 April) in Nature Communications. Ardley Island, near the Antarctic Peninsula, is currently home to a population of around 5,000 pairs of gentoo penguins. Using new chemical analyses of penguin guano extracted...