Friday, March 12, 2021

Loose Feathers #792

Bufflehead / USFWS Photo

Birds and birding news

  • Whooping Cranes avoid stopover sites near wind farms, so approval for new wind farms should take that into account when selecting sites.
  • Bird watchers in California are urged to take down and clean their bird feeders to stop an outbreak of salmonellosis. The feeders should stay down for at least a month.
  • Wing tags are often used to make individual banded birds easier to observe, but in the case of Cape Vultures, wing tags make it harder for them to fly.
  • Tropical forest bird populations in Tanzania are declining as the climate warms. Many tropical birds disperse only short distances after leaving the nest, which makes it harder for them to move to places with an ideal climate.
  • Researchers found the genetic basis for plumage variations in White Wagtails.
  • A study of 23 bird species found that species with cooperative breeding live longer than other birds.
  • An Irish photographer recorded a starling murmuration.
  • Used PPE needs to be disposed properly so that birds and other wildlife do not get entangled in it. The pandemic has revived the use of single-use plastics, which activists had tried to phase out.
  • A threatened Red-backed Button-quail recently showed up in an Australian coastal town, which is a sign of the bird's recent population boom.
  • From April 1 to May 31, lights will be turned off on major buildings in Philadelphia's Center City to protect migrating birds, which can be disoriented by artificial light. The Bird Safe Philly initiative was spurred by an incident last fall when 1,000 to 1,500 birds struck buildings on a single night.

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