Potpourri of Amazing Bird Science

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— and link that to something abut the Great Grey Owl and my BFF Analiese Miller who is an amazing, emerging, photographer who has recently trained her 300mm Cannon F4 lens on the birds (including the Great Grey) at Sax Zim. The potpourri covers some interesting bird related science of the last few weeks, and the promise is this: I’ll get to that other stuff soon, I promise! Birds Cassin''s Auk crows Great Grey Owl Mass Death research

School Burrowing Owls

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Broward County has one of the highest densities of Burrowing Owls in Florida. Not surprisingly, this brings Burrowing Owls into close contact with humans across the county. The Florida sub-species of Burrowing Owl is now classified as a threatened species in Florida and it is one of the rarest sub-species of Burrowing Owls. We have set up an incredibly popular live camera feed on a pair of these diminutive owls at a school in Broward County.

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Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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I like this opinion piece from the Christian Science Monitor which calls for an "Endangered Species Hour." The Christian Science Monitor rightly points out that citizens and consumers need to get involved in endangered species protection, because at the CITES level, it's all about money and international politics. Commerce vs. conservation is often at the center of environmental battles, whether they involve global warming or the spotted owl. "Earth Hour" was held yesterday.

Citizen Science or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love eBird

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Steve Kelling from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology gave the keynote talk, “The Birder Effect: Birding, Science, and Conservation.” The talk described eBird’s origins in 2002 and traced its history as a project aimed at using “citizen science” to help researchers and conservationists learn more about birds. Birding citizen science Conservation eBird My husband’s nickname for me is “Analog.”

News for Northern Spotted Owl Goes From Bad to Worse

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It’s hard to be a Northern Spotted Owl , inhabiting old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. In some areas, the Northern Spotted Owl’s numbers have dipped by more than half during the past two decades, and other areas which maintained populations throughout the study period have recently experienced declines. The principal culprit appears to be competition with Barred Owls for space, food, and habitat. (Photo by the California Forestry Association).

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Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. The Caribbean islands were once populated by enormous owls, some over 3-feet tall, some flightless. There are distinct differences between Eastern Screech-Owl morphs. Reviews book review owls

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Great Horned Owl Taking a Deer Leg

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Great Horned Owl Taking a Deer Leg Great Horned Owl Taking a Deer Leg By Mike • March 21, 2011 • 2 comments Tweet Share Seriously, that really happens in this excellent video of a Great Horned Owl scavenging a deer carcass by Kirk Mona. Jennifer Clement Mar 21st, 2011 at 10:31 pm These owls are known to be highly opportunistic.

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Birding the Battlefields

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Birders at Vicksburg counted 45 species, including Snow Geese , Barred Owl , Brown Thrasher , 152 Yellow-rumped Warblers , Fish Crow , and Eastern Towhee. Birding citizen science HistoryNick Lund , formerly at birdDC and then the Birdist , should be no stranger to readers of 10,000 Birds. He’s previously shared his surprisingly strong feelings about the bird logos of NFL and MLB teams.

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Latest high-level bird taxonomy summarized in recent paper

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The relationships among these families have been pretty well sorted out, and the entire clade belongs in a clade of landbirds ( passerines, parrots, diurnal raptors, mousebirds, owls , etc.) Birds features genetics science taxonomy and systematicsAnd so it’s July, which for this North American birder means a couple of things: 1. southern Australia’s cool winter weather and wonderful birds sound mighty appealing right now and 2.

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Herpetology Vs. Ornithology

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Herpetology Vs. Ornithology Herpetology Vs. Ornithology By Corey • March 2, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share If you like science and comic strips you definitely want to read xkcd. Win a Copy of Hawks at a Distance Great Horned Owl Taking a Deer Leg Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds Crossley ID Guide Giveaway Winners.Or

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Poop From The Front End Of The Bird

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Many are familiar with dissecting owl pellets, but several birds will caste a pellet including hawks, eagles, gulls, herons and heck, I once witnessed a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher hack up a small one. Owls have a tendency to swallow prey whole and if they do rip large prey apart to swallow it, their digestive juices are not as strong and you can find a whole bunch of info about their diet in their pellets. Three flighted creatures in one Great Horned Owl pellet!

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Emerging birding destinations: Serbia

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For 3-4 days, opt for the hills, Tresnjica Griffon Vulture Sanctuary and the nearby Tara Mountain National Park with 140 species (not too much, but with Hazel Grouse , Ural , Pygmy and Tengmalm’s Owls , White-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers among them). Long-eared Owls of Kikinda.

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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Chapter Two is a potpourri of stories about nemesis birds, birding by ear, birding for science, under the rubric of birding ‘for the love of it.’ Louisiana is a magical place to bird.

The most important book about European birds in this century

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A portable speaker is placed on the top of the car, playing Tawny Owl calls from a smartphone.

Chickadee Symphony

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Alarm calls are paired with the calls of owls — not only that, but the Great Horned Owl evokes a mild alert note while the Northern Pygmy Owl brings on a shrill of terror. They were also joined on stage by Kate Davis and a pair of educational owls, Jillian and iPod, to the delight of the audience. But on the whole, it was a very enjoyable evening, and I hope that this work inspires more composers to look to science and the avian world for inspiration.

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Birds of Chile – A Photo Guide

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Guiding aside, Howell is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the author of many books, including Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America (Princeton). If you want to write a bird guide, you should have guided people yourself.

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When Is Bird Baiting OK?

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We have citizen science projects like Project Feeder Watch headed by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This past winter was very good for the chance to see boreal owl species in the United States. Owls are cool looking birds that appeal to a mass audience, even people who are not birders. When people started heading out to see these owls and then get photos, some disturbing videos showed up. Here’s one of a Great Gray Owl: That video angered me on a deep level.

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Review of Your Backyard

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The DVD packaging features three cherubic children, a cartoon owl, and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. This consists of footage of birds at feeders, on the ground beneath feeders, or perched in trees near feeders, a stop-motion animated owl named Professor Solomon superimposed over the screen imparting wisdom to the children, and a segment at the end, mercifully owl-free, where a range map is displayed and the kids go over bird vocalizations.

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An Osprey Moment of Truth

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The many eyes on this particular citizen-science prize have also yeilded other results as well. Cam-watchers have spotted Short-eared Owls, Prairie Falcons , and other exciting, high-profile species, but they’ve also spent the winter keeping a close eye on the comings and going of the Juncos, Black-billed Magpies, Northern Flickers, Pileated Woodpeckers and even the European Starlings at the feeder. The Ospreys have returned to Dunrovin.

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Champions of the Flyway – the Dakar Rally of Birding

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The discovery of a Black Bush-robin had several teams re-adjusting their itineraries… Two rare birds that were not on the official race bird-list due to the sensitivity of disturbance by multiple teams were the newly described Desert Tawny Owl and the Nubian Nightjar (a bird that has been reduced to approximately a dozen pairs in Israel). The Desert Tawny Owl in particular is a fascinating story. Rare footage of Desert Tawny Owl.

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How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

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Written in a friendly, inclusive style quietly grounded in science, How to Know the Birds is an excellent addition to the growing list of birding essay books by talented birder/writers like Pete Dunne and Kenn Kaufman. Essay #158, “Things Birders Do: Big Years,” starts with the writer’s observation of a Barn Owl and then defines a Big Year, surprisingly celebrating it as opportunities for solitary introspection. “Get a field guide!”

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Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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Zamorano University may be regarded as one of the crown jewels of Latin American higher education, particularly in the areas of agriculture, environmental management, and food science, but this idyllic campus excels for more reasons than simply academics. Further exploration of academic facilities, experimental fields, and random trees can produce some exciting sightings, from flocks of Crested Caracara to ridiculously confiding Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls.

Week 26: San juan Islands

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My first surprise of the day came in the form of a great look at a Barred Owl, just sitting on an open branch. Here is the look got of that Barred Owl , first thing in the morning. Later in the day, on an evening hike, about a mile from where I first saw the Barred Owl, I managed to spot this one as well. No matter what, spotting two owls in the same day is awesome!

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Selling Birds Short: A Heretical View Of Avian Intelligence

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What does a Flammulated Owl do all night? And if you look into it enough, it presents a classic case where science can fail us. I believe in science. Science is based on logic and evidence, which I think is a very respectable way to look at the world. But what many people fail to realize, and too often scientists themselves, is that science is elastic. Science, for many years, has done no better.

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Birding for the Curious: A Book Review

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The conversational writing style is punctuated by lists (Things to Consider When Going on a Bird Walk) and Tips to Remember (for finding waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, gulls, owls, perching birds). The first discusses how to find specific bird groups (this is where you’ll find the tips about waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, gulls, owls, perching birds) and the second takes the birder through the seasons and what birds you can expect to find in each and why.

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Reason #17411 Not to Own Wild Birds

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Win a Copy of Hawks at a Distance Great Horned Owl Taking a Deer Leg Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds Crossley ID Guide Giveaway Winners.Or These Blasts From The Past Audubon Rebrand Don’t Be a Slob Birder First I and the Bird of 2010 is Coming… Liben Lark Gets a Lifeline “Science Versus Snake Oil&# About the Author Corey Corey is a New Yorker who has lived most of his life upstate but has spent the last three years in Queens.

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Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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The Lab also acts as the heart and soul for the very popular (and often addictive) citizen science gem known as eBird. Us birders in Costa Rica did indeed with more than 680 species identified including the likes of crakes, most raptors, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Lanceolated Monklet, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Sharpbill , and an overall high percentage of bird species possible on that date.

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

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This is a delightful book, large (8-1/2 by 11 inches), filled with Sibley’s distinctive artwork and an organized potpourri of research-based stories about the science behind bird’s lives.

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Starlings and Eagles

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If we were just birders, or photographers, this would be dreadful behavior, but we were here to watch people engaged in Science. And Science requires Sacrifice. Ravens made feints at the fake owl set further up the ridge as another attractant, Mountain Chickadees called behind us, but the hawks only trickled in. It required a bit of an ethical adjustment. Here I was, sitting patiently in a blind, watching a tethered European Starling on a string.

Be Careful What You Wish For: A Punter’s Guide to the World Birding Rally

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Hugh Powell is a science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They didn’t say, when you hear owls calling from an Utcubamba roadside at noon, bear in mind that Rich Hoyer can produce a full range of geographically appropriate pygmy-owl vocalizations without so much as moving his lips. The Peruvian Screech-Owl they found hooting at Bosque Pomac?

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The ABA’s 50th Anniversary and Information: From Scarce to Abundant

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My impression is that most young birders are eBirders, a trend that will surely continue due to its convenience, accessibility, and contribution to science. There has been an explosion in field guides as well, with many excellent guides for North America (and virtually anywhere else on the planet ) as well as comprehensive volumes dedicated to specific types of birds such as raptors , warblers , hummingbirds , owls , gulls , waterfowl , and seabirds , among others.

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Here’s the new bird family tree. It’s amazing.

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The magnificent history and diversity of birds on Earth came into sharper focus this month with the publication of 28 new scientific papers in Science and other journals. Sister to this group is the Strisores : the “night birds” (excluding owls), swifts, and hummingbirds. The deepest branches after Accipitriformes and owl among the Afroaves, the mousebirds and cuckoo-roller, have Eocene relatives with raptor-like feet, and the cuckoo-roller specializes on chameleon prey.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

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This is more than eBird reports–a checklist generated from the citizen science database lists only 1,413 species.

Bird Books for Children: From Colors & Shapes to Discovering Central Park

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She’s chosen some of Harper’s most iconic images for Count the Birds –his beloved Cardinals, Barn Owls, and Puffins, as well as buntings, pelicans, grosbeaks, finches, bluebirds, quail, and turnstones, and though she does not give the birds complete names (I really would like those grosbeaks to be named Evening Grosbeaks), it’s a fun book to look at and read. Eight Owls Make a heart.’

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March by Goethe

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I actually once was able to recite Dr. Faustus’ opening monologue by heart as it is such an impressive chain of thoughts for anyone immersed in studying natural sciences. Goethe is generally referred to as the world’s “last universal genius&# , as he was a leading authority in all scientific and philosophic fields, e.g. poetry, literature, philosophy, medical sciences, anatomy, physics, maths, and also – yes – biology.

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Angry Birds Hitting Your Windows

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I work part time for the National Park Service (although, we’ll see what happens this weekend if there’s a federal government shutdown) and our visitor center is located in the Science Museum of Minnesota. An American Robin was perched on the side of one of the Science Museum vans. Oh and there are fake owls…which rarely work because birds figure out that the statue doesn’t move.

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Bonus Season – Late Winter

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Phenology is a vital science. There’s some excitement in putting up feeders and in discovering which species are gracing us with big invasions this year (2011, Montana: Snowy Owls ) but much of the time its a slog. Walking home at night, I hear a Boreal Owl calling from the conifer-coated mountains. Birding goldeneyes owls winterAmong other things, it has provided some of the earliest and most compelling evidence for global warming.

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15 Years: Things Will Never Be The Same

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Not only is it a very impressive citizen science project that manages to marshal the legions of birders around Canada and the U.S., Time will tell how much good science can be wrung from the data (due to observer bias, misidentifications, the vastly differing skillsets of contributing observers, under-birded areas, etc.), We have more California Condors , Bald Eagles , and Peregrine Falcons , but there seem to be less Spotted Owls , Burrowing Owls , Sooty Shearwaters.

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Cristalino Lodge: A Day as a Birding Guide

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As the day warms up at around 8 or 9 AM, the canopy feeding flocks begin to move and with careful usage of Amazonian Pygmy-Owl notes and the calls of White-fronted Nunbird , a colorful assemblage of tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and furnariids (ovenbirds) streams by Canopy Tower I for good views and maybe even photographs (or not — nothing is guaranteed!). Time for conversation, discussion about culture, cuisine, science, or politics, and the sightings of that morning.

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Birding By Impression: A Book Review

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I would be more apt to accept the science of BBI if the science of hemispheric brain functions was not subject to so much misconceptions and simplification.* Instead, we get references and quotes from Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink , the popular science book that takes bits and pieces from various research projects to make the case that we make choices without consciously thinking. There is GISS and there is Birding by Impression and they are not the same.

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How to Be a Better Birder: A Review by an Aspiring Birder

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He writes about how experienced birders think, and how they draw on the sciences of weather, geography, and ecology to analyze where the birds will be. In the following four chapters, Lovitch talks about “Birding by Habitat”, “Birding with Geography”, “Birding and Weather”, and “Birding at Night” (which is about reading radar and listening to nocturnal flight calls, not owling).

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The Bluebird Effect

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You can lay a rat in front of a recuperating owl and walk away until the next day. There’s a lot of science in the book, but there’s also magic. My apologies, 10,000 Birds folk, for missing my December post on the 18th. There was this little thing called Christmas, and I was shut in a recording studio all that week (and for weeks after) with The Rain Crows , making a CD. Plumb forgot about blogging, I did. Forgot about my own blog; forgot about my kids (just ask them).

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The Agony and Ecstasy of Surrendering to eBird

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At the recent Swarovski Social Media Summit in Arizona, Nate proselytized passionately for the program that both manages your sightings and contributes them to science. Imagine having to clarify every pygmy-owl, every whistling-duck, every brush-finch… the autocomplete on my cell phone is smarter than this. I blame Nate Swick.

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