News and links about birds, birding, and the environment.
- H5N1 has been confirmed in a dead swan in Scotland. It marks the first time the poultry flu has been found on the island of Great Britain. So far the flu outbreak has been a disaster for birds, but a minor health threat for humans. Most likely this individual was a migrant whooper swan.
- Here is a website on the natural history of Assateague Island. It includes a nice selection of bird photographs taken on the island.
- A green-winged teal unwittingly caused an engine fire in a plane landing at SeaTac in Seattle. The solution? Shooting off pyrotechnics in a greater area of the wetlands surrounding the airport.
- In eagle injury news, a bald eagle got stuck in the crotch of a tree after aerial wrestling with another eagle; it was rescued, apparently without serious injury.