Friday, November 06, 2020

Loose Feathers #774

Golden-crowned Kinglet / my photo

Birds and birding news

  • A new study proposes splitting the Gentoo Penguin into four species based on DNA and size.
  • In the spring of 2021, there will be Spring Global Shorebird Counts in addition to the usual ones in the fall. The spring event will be May 7-9, to coincide with World Migratory Bird Day.
  • A study using geolocators found that Eurasian Blackcaps migrate to different wintering grounds depending on where they breed. A small number migrate north and spend the winter in England.
  • Restoration of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers to the Piney Grove Preserve in Virginia has succeeded to such an extent that woodpeckers from that site are being used to supplement populations elsewhere.
  • Stronger immune systems do not affect reproduction in Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens.

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