Saturday, August 26, 2006

Loose Feathers #64

News and links about birds, birding, and the environment.

  • Lilian Stokes has some further thoughts about the identification of the Western Reef-Heron that has been wandering through New England. It seems that the species identification may be both right and wrong.
  • A review of 125,000 studies done over 30 years and involving 571 species of plants and animals concludes that spring in Europe is 6-8 days earlier than before and autumn is about 3 days later.
  • Elliott Kennerson, a film student in Montana, has produced a short film about a group of snowy owls wintering in Montana. It has some great shots of snowy owls in flight. Watch it here.
  • The wetland restoration project along the Anacostia River was one of several regional projects to receive federal grants this week.
  • Birds, Etcetera has a collection of links on taking good field notes.
  • I would be happy to have a great blue heron visiting my yard, but not everyone feels that way.
  • In California, the Bolsa Chica wetlands have been reconnected with the Pacific Ocean after a two-year project to break down the dams that had separated the two for over 100 years.
  • Ducks in Bucks County, PA, have been getting shot with blowdarts, as in the photograph below.
Sorry about the lack of posting yesterday. Blogger was clunky for much of the morning and afternoon.