Satellite tracking is increasingly being used to track and provide valuable insight into the movement of birds. In a recent doctoral study at the University of Glasgow, Leandro Bugoni applied satellite transmitter technology to track several albatross and petrel species off the coast of Brazil. His research focused on different aspects of seabird biology, however [...]
A short note from African ornithologist and birder, Ian Sinclair, to South African Bird Net indicates that he and three others (Vernon Head, Gerry Nicholls and Dennis Weir) may have rediscovered the mythical Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala. This species was described from a wing specimen that was collected 20 years ago; the species has not [...]
A total of 269 species were tallied by 77 teams in the New Jersey birding big day event reported here.
More details and a list of the top 10 finishers can be found on the Press of Atlantic City site, which reported:
Noteworthy sightings included a sandhill crane in Wantage Township, Sussex [...]
It was World Bird Migration Day this weekend. A key drive of this event was to highlight the increasing impact that wind farms, buildings, power lines and other human structures are having on migratory species. The event was widely supported with countries around the globe hosting local migration day awareness drives. Take a look at [...]
Recent research published in Current Biology reveals that particular bird species, Snowball the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in this case, are able to dance to a beat, a characteristic previously only attributed to humans.
This from Schachner et al (2009):
The human capacity for music consists of certain core phenomena, [...]
How far will people go to make some money? It seems as far as smuggling passerines in their trousers to sell in the US. This from Sky News:
Prosecutors say Sony Dong was arrested at Los Angeles Airport in March after an inspector spotted bird feathers and droppings on his socks [...]
Pelicans are spectacular birds, they always look so stately as they cruise overhead in formation. However, it seems the Idaho Fish and Game Department have their hands full as local anglers are pushing to have pelican numbers controlled because they’re eating into the Yellowstone cuttthroat trout numbers. A management plan, focused on a culling [...]
Don’t expect any fast balls, but the “World Series” of birding is taking place in New Jersey on Saturday, 9 May. Birding big day events can turn what is normally a relaxing hobby into a nail-biting race to see as many species as possible in an alloted time. Rules differ between events, but contestants (typically [...]