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  • '60s folk icon Joan Baez hurt in fall from treehouse

    11/20/2010 5:38:05 PM PST · by Baynative · 18 replies
    WOODSIDE — 1960s songbird Joan Baez is "resting comfortably" at an undisclosed location after falling 20 feet to the ground from a treehouse — a treehouse she purposely had built without walls because she wanted to sleep among real birds at her Woodside, Calif., home.
  • Bay Area birds found with jagged beer cans around their necks

    11/05/2010 3:12:14 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/4/10 | Joshua Melvin
    Someone has slipped sliced-open beer cans around the necks of at least three gulls in the Bay Area, and now an animal rescue group is trying to find the birds and the person or people responsible. "It's sick. What's the next level of this kind of abuse?" said Rebecca Dmytryk of Monterey County-based WildRescue. Dmytryk said she first heard about the birds after getting some disturbing photos at the end of September that showed a gull with half a Budweiser can stuck around its neck like a collar. She has confirmed sightings at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, a beach...
  • Hurricane Relocates Hummingbird (Southwestern Hummingbird Found In Nova Scotia.

    09/25/2010 5:51:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    lfp ^ | September 25, 2010 | TOM HAYMAN
    Probably the most interesting bird spotted in Nova Scotia after the passage of hurricane Earl, was a Calliope hummingbird from the American western mountains, where they are uncommon at best. The male is the only hummer whose coloured throat feathers form streaks against a white background. The red feathers on its throat can be distended. It is the smallest U.S hummer. How the southwestern hummingbird ended up in Nova Scotia, is a mystery. It might have been migrating south to its wintering grounds in north west Mexico when it got caught up in Earl's vortex. The question now is whether...
  • Man arrested after picking a fight with his pet parrot on a Michigan street

    09/22/2010 1:29:34 PM PDT · by mmanager · 35 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 9/22/2010 | Fox News
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A 49-year-old Jackson man has been arrested in Ann Arbor following a fight with the pet parrot carried in his backpack. Police told Annarbor.com for a story Wednesday that witnesses reported the colorful bird was shaken so violently that its feathers were scattered. Three 911 calls were made following the Tuesday night incident. Lt. Renee Bush said the parrot was "squawking loudly" when officers arrived.
  • Spreading Their Wings to Longest on Record

    09/21/2010 6:34:19 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 20, 2010 | SINDYA N. BHANOO
    The wandering albatross has the largest known wingspan of any living bird, at times reaching nearly 12 feet. But millions of years ago, there was a bird with wings that dwarfed those of the albatross, researchers now report. The newly named species, Pelagornis chilensis, which lived about 5 million to 10 million years ago, had a wingspan of at least 17 feet. This is the largest wingspan known in any bird. Although other, larger estimates have been made, they were based on fossils of feathers, and not on an intact skeleton, as in this case. The report is in The...
  • Summer Yardsaling

    08/03/2010 8:26:32 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 5 replies · 8+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 08-03-10 | Roby Eliza
    Sorry for the long hiatus, but life called me and I had to reply. But here I am, back again in all my thrifty glory, with some fun things to share and some amazing things to look forward to. Today, the fun sharing stuff: I’ve been to a few yard sales recently and picked up oodles of stuff for a song or two. Some of it was stuff to keep, like a Lucy Davies framed print of a blue and white kitchen counter (much like my own) to hang above my kitchen counter! Asking price was $2.00, but since I...
  • Guitar for the Birds

    07/06/2010 1:22:35 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies · 1+ views
    self ^ | July 6, 2010 | swampsniper
    No new stuff, can't get the critters to work my schedule. I just put some oldies together.This night shift work is rough!
  • Gulf oil spill threatens birds migrating south from Montana

    07/04/2010 2:34:00 PM PDT · by little jeremiah · 9 replies
    the Missoulian ^ | ROB CHANEY
    American white pelicans, blue-winged teal and long-billed curlews are enjoying the Montana summer, but their wintering grounds are threatened by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Wildlife managers on the Gulf Coast are already scrambling to prepare for the arrival of millions of birds that will start leaving their northern breeding grounds as early as this month. They include Montana species like the piping plover and sandpipers, followed by scaups and blue-winged teal in August. Since the undersea well blew out April 22, 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico at between 35,000...
  • White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill

    07/03/2010 9:03:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 342 replies · 3+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/3/10 | Noel Sheppard
    White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill By Noel Sheppard Created 07/03/2010 - 11:28 The White House Thursday enacted stronger rules to prevent the media from showing what's happening with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. CNN's Anderson Cooper reported that evening, "The Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches -- 65 feet." He elaborated, "Now, in order to get closer, you have to get direct permission from the Coast Guard captain...
  • Labor Unions and Jones Act Continue to Block Oil Spill Cleanup

    06/12/2010 8:55:08 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 14 replies · 535+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-11-10 | Mike's America
    Day 53 of the Gulf oil disaster and no end in sight!On Day 52, I asked: "Does Obama Care More About Protecting Unions Than Cleaning Up Oil Spill? Why hasn't he accepted cleanup help from friends overseas?" Today, we have another report on the Jones Act. Pay special attention to the words of James Carafano from the Heritage Foundation: [VIDEO AT SITE] Jones Act Slowing Oil Spill Cleanup? by: Brian Wilson Fox News June 10, 2010 ...After 50 plus days of oil flowing freely into the gulf, the question could be asked: Why do effective and proven foreign clean up...
  • Oil-Coated Gulf Birds Better Off Dead?

    06/12/2010 9:58:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 839+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | June 9, 2010 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Since late last week a flood of pictures of oil-coated Gulf of Mexico birds—and conservationists painstakingly cleaning them—has added new emotional impact to the BP oil spill. Some experts—citing traditionally low survival rates for rescued birds—are controversially arguing it would be better to immediately and humanely kill the suffering birds. In a Spiegel Online article last month, German biologist Silvia Gaus argued that workers helping birds caught in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, should "kill, not clean." Gaus said studies show that more than 99 percent of rehabilitated birds will die anyway as a result of oil exposure, mainly due...
  • Cleaning The Oil-Drenched Pelicans

    06/07/2010 4:50:14 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies · 52+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | June 7, 2010 | annem040359
    Video showing heroic efforts by people who are cleaning the oil off the pelicans from the Gulf of Mexico area during the past two months since the start of the massive BP oil spill. Also showing the detailed process in how these birds are cleaned up. God Bless these people, that are TRULY PROFILES IN COURAGE.
  • Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers

    06/07/2010 9:23:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 78 replies · 198+ views
    Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers Tiffany Kaiser - June 7, 2010 11:51 AM A recent study in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually. Biologist Orah Zamora works for West, Inc., an ecological field study company, monitors the Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Zamora looks for dead birds and bats that have been severed by the spinning blades of the surrounding wind turbines in order to conduct survey's to observe how wind-power development is affecting birds. "It's...
  • Palm Beach "Crazy Bird": Best Suspect Sketch Ever

    05/08/2010 1:53:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,204+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Sat, May 8, 2010 | JANIE CAMPBELL
    If this sketch comes to life, then we'll talk scary. It's not that we're about to make fun of our neighbors up in West Palm Beach. [Note: we are totally about to make fun of our neighbors up in West Palm Beach.] It's just that we've never seen a composite sketch quite like the one created to help solve the mystery of a "crazy bird" who's been terrorizing residents in downtown WPB. The feathered fellow is being so brazen as to interrupt daily dog walks (quelle horreur!) and "leaving a trail of fear -- and something else." Oh, so just...
  • Look & Listen

    05/05/2010 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Revski · 91+ views
    Youtube lotis333 Channel ^ | 5/5/2010 | Revski
    Gospel animation of a rare parakeet called Perija out of the Colombian jungle!
  • Calling All Americans! Calling All Americans!

    05/02/2010 5:54:39 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 8 replies · 351+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 05/02/2010 | CJ Warren
    CJ Warren issues a call to conservatives to roll up their sleeves and fix the Gulf Oil spill - without waiting for Uncle Sam...er...Barry We Americans just know how to pitch in and get-r-done. I am calling on all of my fellow patriotic friends on the right, to do the right thing, right now. If you are a TeaParty, 912, Band of Mothers, Mommy Patriots, Militia, or any other group leader, call out the troops. I do not care what part of the country you live in. Let’s once again show the world what it is to be American. Let’s...
  • Eyes

    04/30/2010 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Revski · 5 replies · 238+ views
    o7jimmys youtube ^ | 4/30/2010 | Revski
    Gospel animation of a rare parakeet called Perija out of the Colombian jungle and the Scripture presented is taken out of The Old Testament; Proverbs 15 :3 KJV!
  • MORE FROM THE ROOKERY

    04/09/2010 11:42:30 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 17 replies · 396+ views
    self | April 09, 2010 | swampsniper
    Two Tri Colored Herons and mooned by a stork. The stork was intent on breaking off branches to add to it's nest.
  • Condor Egg Successfully Hatches In Pinnacles National Monument

    04/08/2010 1:11:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 332+ views
    KTVU ^ | April 7, 2010
    For the first time in more than a century, a California condor chick has hatched inside the federal park that once was a domain of the species. Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument in Central California are celebrating the milestone announced Wednesday. The hatching of the chick, whose sex has not yet been determined, is the latest development in the slow recovery of the endangered birds. The condor hatched a week ago and will be raised by a female released in 2004 in the park and a male released the same year along the Big Sur coast. In 1982, the last...
  • SPRING 2010 ST. AUGUSTINE ROOKERY

    04/07/2010 7:22:48 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies · 463+ views
    self | April 7 2010 | swampsniper
    I spent yesterday morning at the Alligator Farm Rookery. There aren't many chicks yet, several species haven't started nesting yet but the place is jumping. In about 3 weeks it will really be rocking, wall to wall birds!The little mobility scooter I just bought is great for this, I can move around again!
  • Did feathered dinosaurs exist?

    10/10/2005 3:58:29 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 90 replies · 3,223+ views
    EurekAlert (AAAS) ^ | 10 October 2005 | David Greenberg
    Biologists examining evidence for the claim that birds evolved from dinosaurs have reached some surprising new conclusions. However, they caution that "the problem of avian origins is far from being resolved." Their analysis is published online October 10, 2005 in the Journal of Morphology, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and available via Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/morphology). Dinosaurs have long captured the imagination while their relationships have eluded full explanation. Innovative research and a comprehensive consideration of the old can also inspire new interpretations, as researchers recently found when examining the evidence supporting the current theory about feather origins and...
  • Bird Slide Show, with Music

    03/18/2010 11:19:42 PM PDT · by 51773photo · 1 replies · 200+ views
    Zenfolio Slideshow ^ | March 18 2010 | Jesse Ellis
    Some photos we took of some birds while we were trying to avoid the News.
  • Tenn. Senate says fish, birds OK in barber shops

    03/17/2010 10:23:38 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 228+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 17 | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Let the record reflect that the Tennessee state Senate has endorsed fish tanks and live birds in barber shops. The Senate on Wednesday voted 30-1 for a measure allowing barber shops to display live fish and birds. A companion bill passed the House earlier this month and the legislation is headed to the governor.
  • How to Grow Your Own Bird Seed in the Garden

    03/14/2010 6:00:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 58 replies · 999+ views
    E-HOW.com ^ | Date Unknown | By Gardengates, eHow Member
    Note: Other gardening articles and videos at the link. How to Grow Your Own Bird Seed in the Garden Member By Gardengates, eHow Member SNIPPET: "How to grow your own bird seed in the garden Watching wild birds is fascinating and delightful. People fill bird feeders in the garden to bring these colorful feathered friends into view. But you can attract your own birds by growing colorful flowers in your garden that will produce their favorite seeds. Here are some ideas on how to grow your own bird seed in the garden." Difficulty: Easy
  • Climate change 'makes birds shrink' in North America

    03/12/2010 10:55:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 1,174+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/12/10 | Matt Walker
    Songbirds in the US are getting smaller, and climate change is suspected as the cause. A study of almost half a million birds, belonging to over 100 species, shows that many are gradually becoming lighter and growing shorter wings. This shrinkage has occurred within just half a century, with the birds thought to be evolving into a smaller size in response to warmer temperatures. However, there is little evidence that the change is harmful to the birds. Details of the discovery are published in the journal Oikos. In biology, there is a general rule of thumb that animals tend to...
  • SPRING IS COMING!

    03/09/2010 5:13:20 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 35 replies · 688+ views
    self | MARCH 09, 2010 | swampsniper
    Lots of birds pairing off today, breeding plumage is in and looking good.The Mallard in this series is either melanistic or a hybrid. Mallards ain't choosy!
  • Swine vs. Avian: FIGHT!

    02/23/2010 7:32:54 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 2 replies · 152+ views
    All the animal-inspired influenzas that have been cropping up recently bring to mind many important questions. Which flu strain will cause the next pandemic? Should I invest in at least a dozen N95 respirators for each person in my household? Is leaving my dorm room a bad idea? But the most pressing question is clearly the following: if a pig and a bird challenged one another in a cage match, who would emerge victorious? Let’s examine the strengths and weaknesses of each opponent so that we can make an informed decision. Pig’s strengths: Brain larger than bird’s Can bribe...
  • Study challenges bird-from-dinosaur theory of evolution - was it the other way around?

    02/17/2010 8:12:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 614+ views
    PHYSORG.COM ^ | 02/09/2010
    An image drawn in 1915 by naturalist William Beebe suggests a hypothetical view of what early birds may have looked like, gliding down from trees - and it bears a striking similarity to a fossil discovered in 2003 that is raising new doubts about whether birds descended from ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs. Photo courtesy of Oregon State University (PhysOrg.com) -- A new study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides yet more evidence that birds did not descend from ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs, experts say, and continues to challenge decades of accepted theories about the evolution of...
  • Cops bust finch-fight operation (Immigration Enforcement detained “several” occupants)

    02/15/2010 8:02:30 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 501+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 15, 2010 | Laurel J. Sweet
    More than two dozen finches were rescued late Saturday night from an Ashland house of horrors, where authorities said the male birds were henpecked into fighting to the death for mates in close quarters, purely for the merriment of warped gamblers. “There were feathers all around and there was no food or water for the birds. It’s also possible they were breeding them. It’s unbelievable,” Ashland police Chief Scott C. Rohmer said.
  • Can you see what it is yet? How a flock of starlings can look just like a bird...

    02/02/2010 5:01:34 AM PST · by Daffynition · 26 replies · 1,239+ views
    DailyMail [UK] ^ | 02nd February 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Flocks of starlings are renowned for forming a variety of shapes in the sky. But on this occasion they must have been overcome by vanity – and created a giant starling for us ground-dwellers to admire. The countless creatures created the awesome display by using the winter breeze as the low-setting sun caused the sky to glow red. [snip]
  • AC/DC Austrian concert in doubt over rare bird risk

    12/26/2009 2:48:02 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 724+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 25, 2009
    AUSSIE rockers AC/DC could have to cancel a sold-out concert because their big sound poses a danger to rare birds. Animal rights campaigners are threatening legal action if the veteran band goes ahead with a gig planned for Wels airport in Austria in May.
  • Merry Christmas, and Lighten Up with a few Must See Videos

    12/24/2009 6:23:45 PM PST · by OneVike · 5 replies · 734+ views
    It's Christmas Eve, and we have been handed a huge piece of coal by the Democrats for a Christmas gift. Well it is time to step back and laugh before you settle into a long Winters nap. Check out these short videos and enjoy a moment of levity. there is a Dog catching a fish, a reporter carelessly pointing a loaded gun at her cameraman, some crazy Canadian fishermen looking for a good fishing spot, and a MNF clip of the Washington Redskins making the Detroit Lions look like a good team. Sit back and laugh because when all a...
  • Major Bird Swarm Over Sacramento California (cool nature video)

    12/23/2009 9:35:09 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 10 replies · 811+ views
    This is a video of a half a million birds swarming over Sacramento California. I just want to know who estimated that there is a half a million. Are they sure there are not a million, or maybe only 100,000 instead? Well either way it is pretty cool, and reminds me of the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, "The Birds".Check out the video of the Birds over Sacrament here These following two paragraphs are from an article at "The Independent", and it is about the phenomenon called a murmuration; Winter must must be coming... because the starlings are flocking. Here are...
  • H1N1 influenza adopted novel strategy to move from birds to humans

    12/08/2009 12:58:42 PM PST · by decimon · 32 replies · 826+ views
    Bird influenza viruses have a variety of strategies to cross the species barrier and spreadThe 2009 H1N1 influenza virus used a new strategy to cross from birds into humans, a warning that it has more than one trick up its sleeve to jump the species barrier and become virulent. In a report in this week's early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, researchers show that the H1N1, or swine flu, virus adopted a new mutation in one of its genes distinct from the mutations found in previous flu viruses, including...
  • Tuesday at the Pond

    12/08/2009 10:34:30 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies · 775+ views
    self | DECEMBER 09, 2009 | swampsniper
    My favorite pond has been dried up for a while but rain over last weekend took care of that. It doesn't take any time for the marsh birds to move in, when the pond is dry they have to go quite a way for fresh water.
  • LIGHT AT THE END OF A DAY

    12/03/2009 5:29:43 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies · 503+ views
    DECEMBER 03, 2009 | swampsniper
    We didn't see the Sun until mid afternoon, it broke through pretty good them but still mostly cloudy. When the Sun gets really low the reflections on the water start to flame, and the Spartina grass turns golden. I barely caught the Little Blue Heron, they can be hard to see on a bright day. Their feathers aren't at all reflective
  • Three Blue Herons

    11/24/2009 3:31:23 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 42 replies · 1,201+ views
    self | Nov 24, 2009 | swampsniper
    There are blue/grey herons around the world, and there are 3 in the USA, plus the Reddish Heron which has a blue cast. I seldom see a Reddish Heron this far North.I got the main trio today in just a few minutes. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea Tricolored heron Egretta tricolor Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  • Around the Lake

    11/19/2009 4:34:57 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies · 596+ views
    SWAMPSNIPER PRESS ^ | Nov 19, 2009 | swampsniper
    Maria Sanchez Lake is almost downtown St. Augustine, a residential area with older homes. The lake is a bird magnet and there are often some nice flowers in yards around the lake. If you don't see any birds near the water look up in the Oak trees. This Great Egret and the White Ibis were waiting for the tide to start in. This flower is a Lycoris, it was almost hidden by someone's garbage can.
  • Animals Think The Darnest Things

    11/17/2009 2:50:06 PM PST · by jxb7076 · 27 replies · 4,273+ views
    hubpages.com ^ | 11/17/09 | JXB7076
    DISCLAIMER: I did not take these pictures nor do I know who the photographer is. They were sent to me as an effort to brightened my day ----which it did!!
  • ST. AUGUSTINE SATURDAY

    10/31/2009 12:24:41 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 42 replies · 830+ views
    SWAMPSNIPER PRESS ^ | October 31, 2009 | swampsniper
    I met another photographer on a forum, turns out he lives not far from the swamp. He rode over today and we went shooting. The tide wasn't really right, had to improvise and go looking for models. There is always something just waiting to be a picture!
  • Butterfly's Wing Ears May Detect Birds

    10/28/2009 4:35:09 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 8 replies · 939+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 26 October 2009 | Jeanna Bryner
    A butterfly species equipped with tiny ears on its wings can distinguish between high and low pitch sounds, possibly as a way to listen in on nearby birds, new research suggests. Scientists thought butterflies were deaf until 1912 when the first butterfly ears were identified. Only in the past decade or so have researchers examined the anatomy and physiology of butterfly ears, which they are finding to be quite diverse and present in several butterfly species. The latest discovery was made with the blue morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides), which dazzles with its bright-blue wing coloration when it flits about in...
  • News to Note, October 17, 2009 (see especially STEM CELL STORY...FASCINATING!)

    10/18/2009 2:13:40 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 3 replies · 682+ views
    AiG ^ | October 17, 2009
    News to Note, October 17, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (fascinating STEM CELL piece in story #5!)...
  • THE POND ON THURSDAY

    10/15/2009 5:19:32 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies · 617+ views
    SWAMPSNIPER PRESS ^ | October 15, 2009 | swampsniper
    Ibis, Snowy Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills today. I got more but too tired to process until after a nap. Good thing y'all don't pay me by the hour!While I was out today my daughter came in my room, evidently with a bulldozer, it is all neat and tidy for a change! She found all kinds of stuff I thought was lost, LOL!
  • TUESDAY AT THE POND

    10/13/2009 6:26:44 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 18 replies · 700+ views
    SWAMPSNIPER PRESS ^ | October 13, 2009 | swampsniper
    Grandson Gerry has ROTC drill Tuesday after school, and I pick him up. I leave early and sit by the pond, or cruise around looking for models. I timed it right, the pond crew started showing up about the same time I did. The season change is bringing in a lot of new birds, the Boat Tail Grackles were back in the marsh today.The double Hibiscus was growing in a yard close to the street.
  • Lowly females pick mediocre mates

    10/10/2009 11:50:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 3,478+ views
    news ^ | 8 October 2009 | Victoria Gill
    Low-quality females prefer low-quality males, at least in the avian world. This is according to research published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B, testing female zebra finches' taste in males. As adults, the low-quality females showed a preference for the songs of males of the same quality, and for the male birds themselves. Evolutionary biologists previously thought that females would always opt for the best male available. The study was led by Marie-Jeanne Holveck from the Centre of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France. She explained that low- and high-quality birds differ in almost every important characteristic, including...
  • POND BIRDS

    10/08/2009 10:13:42 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 17 replies · 745+ views
    self | October 09, 2009 | swampsniper
    I've been stranded for several days, the ignition switch on the Ford locked up and stranded the kids in town last Saturday. Replacing an ignition used to be a ten buck, 20 minute job, it isn't anymore! For some reason the car decided that someone was trying to steal it, and shut everything down. Thinking back to all the times I've been 20 miles from a paved road I sure am glad the vehicles I drove were repairable in the field. The pond was busy, All these shots but the Osprey were taken from one spot.
  • Excreted Tamiflu found in rivers: If birds hosting flu virus are exposed to the waterborne...

    10/01/2009 1:01:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,429+ views
    Science News ^ | September 30th, 2009 | Janet Raloff
    If birds hosting flu virus are exposed to the waterborne pollutant, they might develop drug-resistant strains, chemists worry The premier flu-fighting drug is contaminating rivers downstream of sewage-treatment facilities, researchers in Japan confirm. The source: urinary excretion by people taking oseltamivir phosphate, best known as Tamiflu. Concerns are now building that birds, which are natural influenza carriers, are being exposed to waterborne residues of Tamiflu’s active form and might develop and spread drug-resistant strains of seasonal and avian flu. For their new study, Gopal Ghosh and his colleagues at Kyoto University sampled water discharged from three local sewage treatment plants...
  • From the Pond, Tuesday

    09/30/2009 1:00:56 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 35 replies · 1,014+ views
    self | Sept. 30, 2009 | swampsniper
    I managed to slip through town without getting tarred and feathered by the local democrats, and hung out by the pond for a while. If I time things for high tide there is usually something going on there.
  • Origin of birds confirmed by exceptional new dinosaur fossils

    09/27/2009 1:50:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 1,016+ views
    Chinese scientists today reveal the discovery of five remarkable new feathered dinosaur fossils which are significantly older than any previously reported. The new finds are indisputably older than Archaeopteryx, the oldest known bird, at last providing hard evidence that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Talking from the conference in Bristol, Dr Xu Xing, lead scientist on the report published online in Nature today, said: “These exceptional fossils provide us with evidence that has been missing until now. Now it all fits neatly into place and we have tied up some of the loose ends”. Professor Michael Benton, from the University of...
  • ST, AUGUSTINE TUESDAY

    09/22/2009 11:51:39 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies · 585+ views
    self | Sept. 22, 2009 | swampsniper
    Couldn't sleep last night, got out early and just roamed around with my cup of black coffee. The high seasonal tides are still here, we call them marsh hen tides because the high water pushes the Rails out so they can be hunted. Didn't see any marsh hens but the Great egrets were perching in the Black Mangroves, the water is too deep to wade. The Snowy egret was chasing grasshoppers by the pond. If they can't hunt in the water they do fine on shore. This is a young Snowy egret, still some yellow showing on the legs. Mature...