This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Get out and count some birds!
News about birds and birding
- At least 84 spoon-billed sandpipers are wintering at coastal wetlands in Myanmar, which were previously unknown as winter spots for the species. The spoon-billed sandpiper is on the verge of extinction without swift intervention. Finding the new wintering site will help guide conservation plans.
- Fishing bycatch that is left out for seabirds reduces their breeding success, since the bycatch does not have sufficient fat content to nourish growing chicks.
- A wetland in Kenya may be turned into a sugarcane plantation for biofuel production. The development would threaten several rare bird species and may adversely affect the livelihoods of local communities.
- Birds in tropical rainforests use two types of song features - "public" ones that identify their species identity and can be heard clearly at a distance, and "private" ones that communicate individual identity to nearby birds.
- The US Fish and Wildlife Service is backing out of an agreement to reconsider ESA listing for the greater sage grouse because they agreed to the timeline "inadvertently."
- A British study found that birds fare better in richer neighborhoods than poorer ones.
- If you are looking for a spotting scope, see Living Bird for a review of 36 current models.
- Antshrike: White-crested Elaenia at South Padre Island
- Mike's Birding and Digiscoping Blog: Adequate but not Correct
- Birds, Bats and Beyond: OWL: The Video
- Zen Birdfeeder: Redpolls in Motion
- Cogitamus: Approaching the edge of the cliff, poking our toes over
- Massachusetts voted to allow wind turbine development all along its coast, including in ocean sanctuaries.