Friday, September 24, 2010

Loose Feathers #257

Common Tern Preening / USFWS

Birds and birding news
Birds in the blogosphere
Oil Spill
  • An independent study concluded that BP's well spewed between 56,000 and 68,000 barrels per day, for a total of 4.4 million barrels of oil released into the water. This makes it the largest marine oil spill.
Environment and biodiversity
  • A search for lost frogs found three amphibian species that had not been seen in decades. They are the Cave Splayfoot Salamander (Chiropterotriton Mosaueri) in Mexico, Mount Nimba Reed Frog (Hyperolius Nimbae) in Ivory Coast, and Omaniundu Reed Frog (Hyperolius sankuruensis) from the Congo.
  • A newly discovered spider species, Darwin's bark spider (Caerostris darwini), spins the world's largest and strongest known web. The webs span rivers and can catch up to 30 insects at once.