Friday, February 23, 2018

Loose Feathers #635

Horned Lark / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Loose Feathers #634

Golden Eagle / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, February 09, 2018

Loose Feathers #633

Bald Eagles nesting / Photo by Bill Buchanan/USFWS
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Friday, February 02, 2018

Loose Feathers #632

Gadwall / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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  • Grassland birds in general are not doing well across North America, and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow is in real danger of extinction, with less than 100 individuals left in the wild even before last year's hurricane season.
  • Several other bird species specialize in the same sagebrush habitat that Greater Sage-Grouse require and are also threatened by development and fragmentation of sagebrush habitat.
  • China plans to end land reclamation projects and possibly restore some habitat destroyed by such projects. Land reclamation usually involves covering tidal flats or shallow water with fill and then building on the resulting land; such projects often destroy important stopover habitat for shorebirds and waterbirds.
  • Here are some tips for finding wintering Northern Saw-whet Owls.
  • Ryan Zinke's plan to stop enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in cases that involve the incidental killing of birds drew protest from 17 former Interior officials (from both parties).
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Loose Feathers #631

Long-tailed Duck / my photo
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Loose Feathers #630

Bald Eagle / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, January 12, 2018

Loose Feathers #629

Trumpeter Swan / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, January 05, 2018

Loose Feathers #628

Mallards / Photo by Jacob W. Frank/NPS
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Monday, January 01, 2018

Best of 2017


My favorite photos from each month of 2017 (links go to larger images at my Flickr account):

1. Winter Wren, 2. White-breasted Nuthatch, 3. Song Sparrow, 4. Yellow Trout Lily, 5. Black Vulture, 6. Tawny-edged Skipper, 7. Tree Swallow fledgling, 8. Barred Owl, 9. Pandora Sphinx caterpillar, 10. Staghorn Sumac, 11. Snow Bunting, 12. Myrtle Warbler

My favorite sighting of the year was probably the Barred Owl pictured above, which was exceptionally cooperative — one might say confiding — to the delight of many refuge visitors that day. My best bird of the year was probably the Wood Stork that showed up at Sandy Hook and that I was lucky enough to see shortly before it left. The year also included another Middlesex Merlins run in the World Series of Birding.

Happy new year and good birding in 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Loose Feathers #627

Sandhill Cranes / Photo by Mary Carlson/USFWS
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