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Avian Adventures in Texas Our recent visit to Texas was Peter's eleventh Avian Adventures tour in the Lone Star State and June's third but for both of us it was the first there for several years.
What A Week There was more rain and wind with no chance of another ringing session and little in the way of productive birding. But Sunday dawned much better and a promise of sunshine so I set off birding over Stalmine and Rawcliffe Moss in the general direction of Cockerham.
Wipits At least 10 Water Pipits at Beddington at the moment - on 100 acre and South East Corner. Also had 3 Green Sandpiper, 40+ Pied Wagtail and Redwings, Fieldfares and Mistle Thrush in south east corner.
December moths There's been a few mild evenings recently which have brought some moths to the trap including December moths. Mottled Umbers, Light Brown Apple Moths, Eudonia angustea, Winter moths and a Satellite. I went over the farmlands yesterday to look through the gulls.
From local to global: BirdLife at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt BirdLife has just returned from an intensive three weeks at the UN Biodiversity Conference of Parties in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where we showcased successful conservation projects and advocated for urgent action to further protect nature. Here are the highlights of our achievements.
Visit to Tring Visited the natural history museum at Tring on Monday to do a bit of work on the upperpart colour of Yellow-legged gulls as part of a paper we are currently writing on Azores Gull. Always feel like a kid in a sweet shop at Tring and can never resist having a look through some of the other trays.
Water - You don't know what you've got till it's gone Many European governments want to weaken the EU's water protection law. We must stop this from happening! YOU can tell the European Commission to #ProtectWater by signing your name in the form below.
Safe and Sound: Earthquake Spares Alaska Wildlife Response Center Last week's 7.0 earthquake in Alaska is a reminder for all of us to be as prepared as we can be for any emergency. While the city of Anchorage was waking up in the dark, frosty morning on Friday, November 30, the area was hit by a major quake hit at around 8:30 AM.
Our Preventing Extinctions Programme is 10 this year; here's what it has achieved BirdLife's Preventing Extinctions Programme is celebrating its 10th anniversary. What are its 'Top 10' successes?
High cost of infidelity for swift parrots Scientists have found a chronic shortage of females in a critically endangered parrot species has led to love triangles, sneaky sex on the side, increased fighting between males and fewer babies.
A Frosty Gulf Last week was one to forget, seven days of wind and rain with no birding. But now on Tuesday morning it was time to make amends with a much needed visit to Gulf Lane for Project Linnet. A quick check on Monday evening with on-line DemOn revealed a catch total of 470 Linnets in the three winters to date.
BCR: 148: Chris Rimmer, Bicknell's Thrush Prior to his graduate studies, Chris was an itinerant field biologist, with stints in Peru, Ellesmere Island, James Bay, coastal Massachusetts, and Antarctica. Much of his recent work has focused on conservation research of Bicknell's Thrush at both ends of its migratory range, from New York and New England to the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Velvet Scoter - Bolton A Velvet Scoter had been reported on High Rid reservoir in Bolton over a week ago. I was in Norfolk at the time, more than 200 miles away. I wondered if it would hang around for me to catch up with. My first opportunity was on Saturday afternoon, and it was still there.
Balcony and beyond - Bring me sunshine! 'Bring me sunshine in your smile, make me happy all the while'. This song has been playing in my head a lot this month, as we adjust to the darker days of winter. Here in Toronto, we've definitely had more gray days than sunny ones, so sometimes a little push is needed to get out the door to go birding.
Country diary: the bird of the Blitz Civilian casualties of the second world war air raids that devastated the city are among those honoured in the graveyard, and at this time of year their headstones provide a convenient perch for a bird of the Blitz: the black redstart, a scarce species that colonised Britain in the aftermath of Luftwaffe bombing.
Laura's Best Bird EVER: Raven with a Gift from Above About Laura Ways to Help Blog Radio Writing Miscellany Search Birds Back in 1981, right after I moved to Duluth when I was pregnant with my first baby, Russ refinished some floors in our apartment.
Toolbox for studying the existence of animal cultures Fruit flies possess all of the cognitive capacities needed to culturally transmit their sexual preferences across generations, according to researchers. Their study provides the first experimental toolbox for studying the existence of animal cultures, thereby opening up an entire field of research.
Building birding trails in Colombia - before loggers can get there Peace in Colombia is attracting tourists – but also logging. Can a new generation of young birding guides protect its spectacularly species-rich habitats?
Thank You For Helping Us Reach Our #GivingTuesday Goal! We reached our Giving Tuesday goal!!! Thank you so much to all of our donors and to Chevron El Segundo and Phillips 66 for their matching gifts. We hit our goal of $30,000 for #GivingTuesday. Your contributions will go a long way toward rescuing waterbirds in crisis over the coming year.
Laura's Birding Blog I've written an entire book on owls, two about hawks, taken thousands of photos of them, rehabbed several hawks and owls for days or weeks, and lived with an Eastern Screech-Owl for 17 years. There is a hawk or owl on the cover of seven of the books I've written or co-authored.
Country diary: multitudes of coots sweep across the lough This is what I've come for. Multitudes of coots - residents and visitors - are sweeping vigilantly across the water. Yet the various rafts of ducks are like an invitation to drift and dream. I zoom in. A tufted duck's crest tousles to a quiff as he dozes.
Indian peafowls' crests are tuned to frequencies also used in social displays Indian peafowl crests resonate efficiently and specifically to the same vibration frequencies used in peacock social displays, according to a new article.
Bermuda Trip Report Allison Black and I are recently back from 5 full days in Bermuda, where we were in search of Bermuda Petrels, among other things! Yes, we succeeded in seeing the birds, including a seawatch that tallied 25+ individuals! Unfortunately, both of our boat trips were canceled due to weather, so we were unable to see them up close and personal.
Trends The weather's becoming unfit for man or beast. Storm Diana is hurtling up the Irish Sea and it looks like there will be zero birding or ringing for a few days or more.
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