Egg Dumping by the Seaside

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13 different seabird species, chief among them Common Eider and (Eurasian) Oystercatcher , stand accused of egg dumping or laying their eggs in other birds’ nests. Actually, the act seems less nefarious than oblivious since most incidents place eggs in the nests of predators! Looks like cuckoos and cowbirds hardly have a monopoly on brood parasitism. A study of over 69,000 nests around the west coast of Scotland turned up some pretty unlikely culprits.

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Best Bird of the Year 2011

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2011 is about to become 2012 and birders the world over are taking a look at their year lists and reminiscing about the awesome sightings and devastating dips that they have experienced. Blue-footed Boobies dance, whistle, court with their blue bills, cradle eggs with their blue feet, and cherish their young; they are endlessly fun and inspiring to observe.

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Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting

Animal Person

During the show they give out Good Egg Awards to kids who've performed "acts of kindness." A good egg is one that is edible. Think of what an egg is, people! The young boy says, "you dip the chicken in the egg ." I was going to change Animal Person to Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting and come back to blogging.

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Avian Quiz Answer – April 29, 2011

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From what I read, birds are the class of Aves [feathered, winged, bipedal, warm-blooded, egg-laying and vertebrate animals]. Life, Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. Also, and this is pretty cool, there are extinct birds that have different characteristics [no wings, for example. Who knew?]. No surprise: there have been debates about how all the birds should be organized within this structure.

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists. Most interesting for me was the mental lock most people have that we vegans are always looking to break or find the key to: Why do good people who understand what happens to animals for unnecessary products such as “steak” or eggs, continue to consume such things?

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Bird Surprises

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Bird Surprises Bird Surprises By Bill • March 8, 2011 • 9 comments Tweet Share Sometimes we watchers see birds do things that surprise us—things birds are not supposed to do. This happened to me recently on a birding trip, with somewhat egg-on-the-face results. 9 Responses to “Bird Surprises&# Corey Mar 8th, 2011 at 11:31 am Great post, Bill!

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Hope for Hen Welfare

Critter News

July 8, 2011 – In a groundbreaking move that should result in the greatest advancement for farmed animals in U.S. history, the United Egg Producers (UEP) has agreed to support national legislation that will, upon enactment, improve the welfare of all laying hens in the nation. A press release I received from the Farm Sanctuary.

How to Identify Food Intolerances in Pets

4 The Love Of Animals

The two most common food allergies or food intolerances in pets are: Protein including chicken, beef, pork, fish, eggs and soy. What causes food sensitivity in dogs and how can you treat it? It might surprise you to learn that according to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association approximately 10% to %15 of dogs are prone to developing food allergies or food intolerance before they reach the age of 4.

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What Foods you should Avoid Feeding your Dog?

4 The Love Of Animals

Raw meat, fish, and eggs pose the same danger to dogs as they do to humans. Dogs seem like pretty hardy animals for the most part, perfectly capable of eating all sorts of foods. However, man’s best friend has rather strict dietary restrictions. You should avoid feeding your dog the following foods. Certain Fruits and Vegetables. Your dog should stay away from avocados, grapes, raisins, persimmons, peaches, and plums.

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Get the Scoop on International Pooper Scooper Week

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Because the parasites and roundworm eggs common in dog dropping can stay in the ground for years, health issues linger long after the waste problem is visible to the naked eye. If “every dog should have its day,” a whole week might make them feel even better. The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) declared the week of April 1-7 International Pooper Scooper Week, utilizing this annual event to draw attention to the importance of cleaning up after canine friends.

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National Puppy Day!

4 The Love Of Animals

When Baby was a puppy, Easter was one of her favorite things because of the plastic eggs. Happy National Puppy Day! As always, if you are thinking of adding a new furry family member to your household, please think rescue and adoption first! You might be surprised to learn just how many puppies are waiting for homes. Check out Petfinder.com to search in your area. In honor of the day, here is our sweet mascot, Baby the Maltese, as a puppy!

How to Plan a Vegan Wedding

Creature Talk

But when it comes down to it, I don’t see why I should spend $10,000 on meat, dairy & eggs for one day for my guests when I am morally opposed to buying it for myself or having it in my house. I’m sorry for my incredible inactivity these past several months. I mean, I have been M.I.A. But I have a somewhat reasonable excuse, you guys: in September, I got engaged!

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“Potted Plant Owls”

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The owls themselves are amazing creatures, and we have already begun to observe their nesting process, as they are expected to lay eggs any day now. Ustream will provide LIVE coverage of the entire process from the initial egg laying, to the fledgling of the chicks from the nest. Laying & Incubation – It takes 7-8 days for all the eggs to be laid. The eggs are incubated for about 30 days. Hatching – All eggs hatch more of less the same time.

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Northern Potoo

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Besides the avian attributes of flight, feathers and laying eggs, potoos are quite possibly the most unbird-like birds in the world. Another really bizarre attribute of the potoos is their seemingly casual behavior of laying eggs on bare branches without any attempt to build nests. You see, potoos don’t require a nest to protect - or hide - their eggs and young.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Pelicans

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Though he destroyed more than 1,000 nests worth of chicks and eggs of the American White Pelican nearly obliterating a colony on land he rented, a guilty plea by Minnesota farmer Craig Staloch means that he faces, at most, six months in jail. Justice? Asides

Why do birds living near Chernobyl have smaller brains?

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Alternatively, imagine I set the dial to produce simple heat, like the kind that comes out of your stove to cook your scrambled eggs. The kind of energy produced by a cell phone signal is way more like the heat that cooks your eggs than like the scary radiation that comes form an H-bomb or X-ray machine or whatever. 2011). Radiation is funny. Not funny ha ha, but rather, funny strange.

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How To Help A Baby Bird

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Sometimes females have eggs to lay but no nest and the eggs can end up anywhere from other duck and goose nests…there was even a case in Minnesota where a Canada Goose laid an egg in an Osprey nest and the raptors incubated and hatched it ! It’s a common call/email/text that most bird watchers get this time of year: “HELP! I just saved a baby bird! What do I do? What do I feed it?&#

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California Quail, The California State Bird: Now Forming Coveys

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In California, coveys break up and pairs begin forming in February or March, followed by nest building and egg laying in May or June. She will usually lay 12 to 17 eggs, averaging five per week 1 , before beginning incubation. Occasionally, larger clutches occur due to egg dumping by other females. 2005), Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds , Princeton: Princeton University Press 2 Birds of North America Online a.

Are Birds Really Dinosaurs?

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One of the most interesting differences between birds and dinosaurs has to do with their eggs. A subset of dinosaurs including birds had changes in their skeleton that allowed for larger egs and/or more eggs to be managed by the female, for instance. Most of the time when we think of birds, we think of the things that make them birds, and not the things that make them dinosaurs.

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What is Bird Poop?

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Or picture yourself as a bird fetus within an egg. Drinking and peeing through the egg shell? And it can be stored easily by the bird fetus within the egg. In this post, I shall elaborate on what bird poop is. I’ll stick to the basics and keep it simple, because all I know are the simple basics. However, I will still include typical scientific poop slang, words like excretion, defecation, feces and the like.

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What We Need Is A Slingshot…

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Of course, it should not be hard to find birds angry with Matthew Gonshaw of London, a pig in human form, who was recently jailed for six months after admitting to “ten charges of theft and possession of rare eggs.” ” He is a repeat offender who has been jailed for the same crime before and this time around was found in possession of over 700 stolen eggs. …and some seriously pissed off birds.

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What Is So Rare As A Day In June?

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The quote “ What Is So Rare As A Day In June? &# may be familiar to most readers (the sentiment certainly is!) but its source is fairly obscure. This line is but a snippet from the most famous work of the poet James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), a member of the gaggle of authors sometimes called the Fireside Poets or the Schoolroom Poets. Some of his more famous colleagues in this group include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Spotted Thick-knee

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Spotted Thick-knee Spotted Thick-knee By Redgannet • March 19, 2011 • 14 comments Tweet Share The Burhinidae family of Thick-knees (also known as Stone-curlews or Dikkops) consists of 9 species in 2 genera, Burhinus and Esacus. As I watched, it slowly moved into a patch of dried vegetation and I noticed that it was settling over a single egg.

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Baby It’s Hot Outside!

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Fried-egg-on-a-sidewalk hot. from “Baby it is cold outside&# by Clare Kines from “Superbowl of Birding 2011″ from “Birding After the Snow&# by Sharon Stiteler from “The Snow Bunting That Almost Killed Me, or, Hyperbole In Bird Blog Post Titles Is Fun&# I hope this attempt to keep you cool paid off, at least a little bit. It’s hot. Really hot. Sticky hot. Painfully hot. Hate-the-sun hot. Disgustingly hot.

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What Do Nesting Birds Do With All That Poop?

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Here’s a photo of a House Finch nest before the eggs hatch and the hatchlings start producing fecal sacs. I don’t know how many of you ever raised chickens but the old joke went something like this. Question: “Hey, do you know what that white stuff is on the top of the chicken shit?&# Answer: “Nope.&# Reply: “That’s chicken shit too!&# Well, as it turns out, it’s really uric acid (the white part of the poop). The dark part is undigested feces.

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Baby Black Skimmer

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They incubate their four eggs for just over three weeks and the young usually fledge just under four weeks after hatching. I know, I know, the cuteness lately is getting out of hand. First it was a bunch of baby waterfowl , then it was the baby Gadwall , then a variety of baby birds on the beach. What can I say? I am addicted to adorableness! Besides, it takes a hard- hearted, callous, and cruel person to have a negative reaction to fuzzy baby birds.

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Common Birds

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Northern Mockingbird at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York Mallards at Big Egg Marsh, Queens, New York Song Sparrow at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York Ring-billed Gull at Mill Pond Park, Nassau County, New York House Sparrow at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York Canada Goose at Mill Pond Park, Nassau County, New York European Starling at Fort Tilden, Queens, New York … a. Most birders, myself included, hope to find a rarity or two on every birding outing.

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Pied Oystercatcher broken wing display

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The first eggs are laid during the first week of July each year and if these eggs fail to hatch or the chicks are lost they will lay further eggs within a few weeks. Sadly a lot of eggs are lost to feral cats and chicks are sometimes taken by birds of prey. I was soon on the beach after returning home to see the amazing white egg that had been laid by an old friend. Nest site with 3 eggs-one white!

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Angel Terns

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They construct no nest, instead laying their egg on a bare branch, usually in a slight depression, a fork in the branch or the midrib of a palm. It is thought that the absence of nesting material creates a resulting lack of nesting parasites, which compensates for the increased risk of egg loss due to, well, the egg rolling off.

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The Lingerers

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Populations of Blackpolls, along with a handful of other highly boreal warblers like Cape May and Tennessee , tend to ebb and flow depending on outbreaks of Spruce Budworm, a small caterpillar known to be a significant conifer pest, and the birds lay more eggs and have greater nesting sucess in years where the budworms are abundant. I think most of us in North America have come to the somewhat disappointing conclusion that fall migration is pretty much finished for the year.

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Sea Snakes of Northern Australia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Reptiles / Sea Snakes of Northern Australia Sea Snakes of Northern Australia By Clare M • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share A little bird told me this week that you are all rather interested in the sea snakes that we come across on the beaches here whilst observing shorebirds. Renato Mar 13th, 2011 at 8:20 am What amazing snakes and great photos.

Driven to Distraction

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Last year the nest failed, the eggs apparently not viable, never hatching. I had crossed the stream and was approaching for a quick look to see how many eggs were in the nest this year. The parent waited just off shore, and as soon as I neared enough to look at the two eggs that had been laid, she started. It also takes a lot of energy, so I didn’t want to stick around and keep the bird off the eggs for any length of time.

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Home-cloning kit for waders.

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A stem of plant material with a cluster of pink Apple Snail’s eggs are marring the picture by covering part of the eye. For those who adhere to the holistic approach and who would prefer to keep the snail’s eggs on the stem, why not just move it to the side? As the evenings darken and night draws in, some of us are forced to spend more time at home with our families instead of out in the field.

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More nesting and a marine mystery

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The Red-capped Plover chick I photographed last week is developing fast and I have discovered another nest with two eggs further north. Red-capped Plover nest with 2 eggs The Pied Oystercatchers that laid the first eggs this year have successfully got their chicks through the first week, though from the footprints one is definitely a lot lighter in weight than the other. This week has seen me do a lot more cycling and walking along the beach and more discoveries!

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Preparation of a Pied Oystercatcher nest site

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This is the time of year when the Pied Oystercatchers breed and already three of the sixteen pairs along this stretch of beach have successfully laid eggs. The first pair to lay eggs this season have only a few more days of sitting and then they will be very busy guarding their chicks from predators. Eventually they will decide which is ideal and eggs will be laid.

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How much bird is there, anyway?

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None of which means much without a lot more consideration to what is being compared here, including the difficulties of comparing one group that both flies (bats) and does not (mainly rodents) with one that mostly flies (birds); one group that is mostly quadrupedal (except the kangaroo type rats) with one that is bipedal; and one group that lays external eggs to incubate (birds) with one that bears live young (mammals); And so on. Accessed July 12, 2011 at [link] a.

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Where the People Are

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Contentious issues like parrot ownership, the role of hunters in conservation, and the romaniticization of bygone eras of egg and nest collecting are passed over with nary an acknowledgement that they are controversial. Recently, I’ve reviewed a number of well-designed and interesting books on birds. Today, I bring you an equally lavish look at a group bipeds that are perhaps a little more confusing: people. People who are into birds.

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Why Do Penguins Wear Tuxedos?

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They have special adaptations to stay warm and to keep their eggs and chicks warm. Penguins. The birds that wear tuxedos and star in major motion pictures. People call them “flightless birds&# but they do in fact fly; They just do it underwater. They are almost totally restricted to the southern hemisphere (but some live very close to the equator). They eat only seafood, including fish, squid, krill and other organisms.

Brolga in Broome

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The Channel-billed Cuckoos will be placing their eggs into other birds’ nests-most likely Torresian Crows. The nights are getting warmer…… Our daily forecast does not change much all year-sunny and 32c. However, the nights are getting warmer! Our minimum is suddenly 25c and the humidity is going up…soon we will be hearing “sunny and 32c with a chance of an afternoon shower” They are even teasing us that it may happen next week… time will tell!

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Red-capped Plovers

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Females seem to be the only sex to sit on the eggs according to literature, but no research appears to have been done on the night time routine. Female Red-capped Plover on nest in jogging area Another nest was in the higher area behind where vehicles access the beach and despite the odds the eggs successfully hatched. Female Red-capped Plover shading eggs from the midday sun Both adults will display a “broken wing&# to distract any intruders.

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Review of Feathers

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Platypus have bills, bats and bugs can fly, and reptiles lay eggs, but only birds have feathers. Feathers are the unique ingredient when it comes to birds. Despite feathers being such a large and essential aspect of birdness I did not know much about them, at least until I read Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle , the fascinating new book by Thor Hansen. Sure, I had known what a rachis, a barb, and a primary are but I certainly did not know much beyond that.

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Common Mergansers or Goosanders Frolicking on Clear Creek

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The female chooses the nest site, builds the nest, lays around 10 eggs over a two week period and incubates them for about a month. Common Merganser ( Mergus merganser ) photos by Larry Jordan (click to enlarge) The Common Merganser ( Mergus merganser americanus ) or Goosander ( Mergus merganser merganser ) as it’s known in Europe, is a large, cold-hardy, fish-eating duck that nests worldwide near large lakes and rivers in northern forested habitats 1.

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The Changing of the Guard

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Probably one of the most familiar nests to North American birders, their eggs are known well enough to have a color named after them and many individuals are acclimatized to people, which means that they are comfortable enough to nest near our buildings. On a recent visit to Prospect Park one of the many wonderful sights was a nest belonging to a pair of American Robins in the Midwood.

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