Friday, August 22, 2014

Loose Feathers #457

White-tailed Ptarmigan / Photo by Peter Plage / USFWS
Birds and birding news
  • Nine Hawaiian Crow chicks hatched at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on Hawaii; the world population of this species is now up to 114 crows. Hawaiian Crows are extinct in the wild, but a captive breeding program seeks to re-establish a wild population.
  • Thirteen birds newly recognized as distinct species based on older specimens are already extinct.
  • Magpies do not steal shiny objects; in fact, they are afraid of shiny things. 
  • There have been large discrepancies in the avian mortality figures reported for the Ivanpah solar plant. Here is a way to understand where they come from.
  • A Bronx resident created a bird sanctuary in a city lot that has become a city park.
  • The recovery plan for endangered salmon in Oregon calls for killing some of the cormorant colony at the mouth of the Columbia River.
  • First-winter songbirds tend to return north later than adults of the same species.
  • Ospreys have produced a pair of chicks in Cumbria, England, for the first time in 150 years.
  • A Glossy Ibis pair is attempting to nest in the U.K. for the first time.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Loose Feathers #456

Yellow-headed Blackbird / USFWS Photo
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Friday, August 08, 2014

Loose Feathers #455

Wilson's Phalaropes / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, August 01, 2014

Loose Feathers #454

Greater Sage-Grouse / Photo by Tom Koerner (USFWS)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Loose Feathers #453

Greater Sage-Grouse / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Loose Feathers #452

Wilson's Phalarope / Photo by Alex Galt/USFWS
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Loose Feathers #451

Wilson's Warbler / Photo credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, July 04, 2014

Loose Feathers #450

Brewer's Sparrow / Tom Koerner (USFWS)
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Loose Feathers #449

Great Crested Flycatcher / Photo by Ken Sturm (USFWS).
Birds and birding news
  • The USFWS will permit the Shiloh IV Wind Project to kill up to five eagles (mainly Golden Eagles) over the next five years without penalty. The permit requires that the energy company fix 133 utility poles to reduce electrocutions of birds of prey. Since the energy company should be fixing its utility poles anyway, this does not seem like much of a bargain, but it depends on how many birds the turbines kill.
  • Some Arctic birds are breeding up to a week earlier in response to earlier snow melt.
  • A Tufted Puffin was sighted off Machias Seal Island; this is the first sighting of one on the Atlantic coast since the 1830s.
  • The Black Rail, like other birds that nest in high salt marshes, is threatened by sea level rise.
  • Conservationists found a large population of rare Sarus Cranes in Myanmar.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Loose Feathers #448

Piping Plover and Chicks / Photo by Kaiti Titherington/USFWS
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