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  • Ivanpah Solar Plant Becomes Bird Incinerator, Graveyard

    09/02/2016 1:26:32 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 17 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-09-2016 | Lincoln
    Some say that the casualty numbers are overhyped. Other say it is a serious problem. But at the Ivanpah Solar Plant in Nevada, birds are bursting into flames. The bizarre occurrences happen when the bird’s flight paths take them into the ultra-concentrated beams of sunlight produced by the panels at the plant. On spec, the plant seems like the very ideal of energy production for the future: three gleaming towers, forty stories in height capturing the energy from the sunlight reflected by five acres of massive mirrors. All told, the plant generates some 390 megawatts of power from its turbines....
  • Major Evolutionary Blunders: The Imaginary Archaeoraptor

    09/01/2016 7:41:12 PM PDT · by lasereye · 8 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 09/01/2016 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is quite serious about flying safety. If an aircraft crashes, the FAA will conduct an investigation called a Root Cause Analysis. This involves methodical detective work that tracks events from the moment of the crash back in time. Flight and voice data recorders are invaluable to the inquiry. Root Cause Analysis identifies the most obvious problem that led to the crash and then lists the problem’s cause. That cause is then treated like a problem in itself, and the cause for its occurrence is investigated. This cycle is repeated until the very first cause is...
  • Magnificent Creatures (Hummingbirds filmed on GoPro by my brother - short video)

    08/23/2016 4:44:33 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies
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  • Occasional Birdy Thread

    08/21/2016 3:14:07 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 60 replies
    self ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Me
    It's been 2 1/2 months since the last birdy thread was posted. Florida is a bit too hot for this old man to get out and shoot much in high summer. However, today I had a visitor. A little blue heron was feeding on my front lawn. That seemed a tad unusual. There was also a flock of white ibis. This time of year the ibis begin to gather in larger and larger flocks preparing for their winter migration. I got a face shot of this youngster. Their eyes are cool Several weeks ago I saw a family of Florida...
  • Satellite tagged Aberdeenshire raptor missing in Highlands

    08/18/2016 7:29:09 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 Aug 2016
    Last week, RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Moorland Group, whose members include landowners and gamekeepers, clashed over the loss of the eight golden eagles between 2011 and July this year. The wildlife charity believes they were killed illegally around grouse moors, and their satellite tracking tags destroyed. The transmitters being fitted to these birds are exceedingly reliable, and illegal persecution is therefore the most likely explanation of the disappearance of these birds of prey.
  • German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying

    08/03/2016 3:44:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Aug 2016 15:59 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    This odd habit by our feathered friends has long been theorized, but now German scientists say they have definitive proof for the first time ever. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Seewiesen, Bavaria, announced on Wednesday that they had proved for the first time that birds can fly while sleeping and still stay aloft. The researchers were able to monitor the brainwaves and movements of great frigate birds from the Galapagos Islands, whose airborne journeys may last for months. They strapped devices to the heads of female birds to measure brain activity over the course of ten days. […]...
  • New Zealand vows to kill every weasel, rat and feral cat on its soil

    07/25/2016 11:45:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 58 replies
    W post ^ | 25 July 2016 | Karin Brulliard
    New Zealand is a nation that takes its birds seriously, and it’s got very special ones. The country’s currency is adorned with images of winged species found nowhere else, including the yellow-eyed penguin and the black-masked kokako. The logo of the national air force is stamped with the famed kiwi — a chicken-sized puff of feathers that cannot fly.... “For the first time, technology is starting to make feasible what previously seemed like an unattainable dream,” ... In 2013, environmental activist Gareth Morgan suggested hunting down and killing every feral cat in New Zealand (a proposal that, Morgan told The...
  • Prince the Pigeon: Her Beak Was Broken But Not Her Spirit

    07/23/2016 6:36:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/23 | Noreen O'Donnell
    The now thriving pigeon is ready for a home along with 100 other birdsThe baby pigeon with a broken beak was found in April, barely 3 weeks old and about to be euthanized. Instead the vet technician got in touch with Elizabeth Young at Palomacy, a rescue organization for pigeons and doves in San Francisco. It had somehow survived after being attacked by an animal, though its wounds were infected and its beak was split. It had been living on the ground at a gas station, fed by its parents despite its injuries. Today the pigeon is thriving though with...
  • Occasional birdy thread (Dedicated to the memory of Swampsniper)

    07/08/2016 3:58:15 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 54 replies
    Photos | July 8, 2016 | FReepers
    Enjoy a respite from the sad goings on of the day. Please post and share your pics of birds, nature, anything the Good Lord has created. Remembering Swampsniper....may you rest easy, good man. -------------- Mr Limpkin shared a sun rise with me. There's got to a snail here somewhere! Who are all these strangers invading my territory? Oh deer!
  • This bird species can fly for months at a time without landing

    07/02/2016 9:36:55 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 41 replies
    mashable.com ^ | 2 JULY 2016 | ANDREW FREEDMAN
    A new study shows that frigatebirds routinely fly for months at a time without landing, skimming the sea surface only occasionally to catch floating prey. Previously, scientists thought these birds and another bird species, known as swift birds, only remained aloft for many days at a time... To stay aloft for so long, the study found, these birds use some of the same techniques that glider pilots do. They take advantage of upward-moving air underneath tropical cumulus clouds — the clouds that often look like popping popcorn kernels in the sky.
  • Neuron-Packed Bird Brains Point to Creation

    06/20/2016 8:26:33 AM PDT · by fishtank · 64 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 6-20-16 | Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Neuron-Packed Bird Brains Point to Creation by Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D. * The amazing ability of birds to achieve ape-level cognitive traits—and in some cases exceed them like when they emulate human speech—has long confounded the evolutionary paradigm that claims humans evolved from apes. Now the bird intelligence evolutionary quandary has worsened as described in a new research report that shows bird brains contain over twice as many neurons per unit area as ape brains.
  • Bird brain? Ounce for ounce birds have significantly more neurons in their brains

    06/15/2016 9:34:48 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 11 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 6/13/2016 | Seweryn Olkowicz, et al
    The macaw has a brain the size of an unshelled walnut, while the macaque monkey has a brain about the size of a lemon. Nevertheless, the macaw has more neurons in its forebrain -- the portion of the brain associated with intelligent behavior -- than the macaque. That is one of the surprising results of the first study to systematically measure the number of neurons in the brains of more than two dozen species of birds ranging in size from the tiny zebra finch to the six-foot-tall emu, which found that they consistently have more neurons packed into their small...
  • Wind Turbines Are Killing Birds and Bats

    06/09/2016 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/09/16 | DR. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    While millions of birds and bats are dying needlessly, wind and solar power inconsistent energy production cannot replace coal. The world’s economy needs fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and hydro-power that provide a constant source of electricity I saw the once verdant wheat fields of Eastern Europe covered with ugly wind turbines, slowly spinning their huge blades into the wind. A few funnel dust swirls were blowing the topsoil into the air. They did not appear to be connected to any storage station that would distribute the electrical power generated. I searched and found out that they were really not connected...
  • Occasional birdy thread....

    05/07/2016 11:01:28 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 78 replies
    May 7, 2016 | FReepers
    I had a pretty good morning. Hiked the Lake June Scrub State Park and good shots of the scrub jay and towhee. Came home to find the flycatcher posing in a ficus tree in our front yard; got his pic through the car window. Took a bike ride and found a great egret, a snowy egret and tricolor heron in the same small stream. The snowy and the tricolor worked the great egret. They were positioned about 50 apart. The great egret spent his time trying to shoo off each of them. As one avoided the great egret, the other...
  • Little robin hits the worm jackpot

    04/30/2016 9:24:44 PM PDT · by fella · 15 replies
    Little Robin Hits Worm Jackpot
  • Occasional Birdy Thread

    04/27/2016 9:42:40 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 28 replies
    Engraved-on-His-hands | April 27, 2016 | Engraved-on-His-hands
    With apologies to Islander7, but I haven't seen an “Occasional Birdy Thread” in awhile, so I thought that I would post one. My pictures aren't as great as those posted by Islander7 or fidelis, but it's kind of like singing. All that you really need to do is to sing (or take bird pictures) well enough to entertain yourself. Blue-winged Teal Greater Yellowlegs Greater Yellowlegs with Blue-winged Teal Greater Yellowlegs Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Osprey Eastern Phoebe Solitary Sandpiper
  • Occasional birdy thread....

    03/25/2016 4:17:48 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 28 replies
    Me ^ | March 25, 2016 | Me
    Osprey alights on a snag above his nest to check me out and voice his displeasure with my presence.
  • Mandarin Duck Appears at Irving Park

    03/25/2016 2:55:33 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 22 replies
    http://nbcdfw.com/ ^ | March 1, 2016) | Johnny Archer
    Centennial Park in Irving is home to many birds, but none like the duck known as "Manny." A few weeks ago, the Mandarin duck showed up in Irving. Nature photographer Kent Jarrett said people named him Manny.
  • Occasional birdy thread....

    03/20/2016 6:30:32 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 57 replies
    Self ^ | March 20, 2016 | Me
    March 3, 2016 - As I drove home from work, I noticed a sandhill crane on her nest. March 5 - The first opportunity to photograph the crane on her nest. March 11 - Momma crane checks her eggs before settling in for the night. March 17 - The eggs have hatched. They are receiving parental instruction on what and how to eat. Crashing for the night! March 20 - The twins. Poppa crane was not happy to see me today!
  • Occasional birdy thread

    03/12/2016 5:43:38 AM PST · by Islander7 · 70 replies
    Pictures ^ | March 12, 2016 | Islander7
    I stopped by the lake on my way home from work yesterday for a little mental health break. Watching the activity of birds, turtles and other critters going about their business as they have for eons melts the work-a-day stress. All is well with the world. The bigger picture continues to unfold. My little problems are placed in their proper perspective; now for the weekend! ENJOY!! Glossy Ibis - Check out the colors in those feathers! Sandhill crane checks her eggs before settling in for the night. Whited winged dove. Male I think.
  • Occasional Birdy Thread

    03/05/2016 4:01:48 PM PST · by Islander7 · 76 replies
    Picture ^ | Mar 5, 2016 | Me and you
    Here are few pictures from my walk along Lake Jackson today. Hope you enjoy. Sand hill crane on her nest. Pine warbler (I think) Purple grackle Cat bird
  • Occasional birdy thread....

    02/21/2016 2:24:43 PM PST · by Islander7 · 106 replies
    Photos ^ | 2/21/2016 | Me
    Took a walk by the lake this afternoon and finally got some decent shots of a little blue heron. He was not as skittish as usual.
  • Did a little bird watching today and thought about SwampSniper.

    02/06/2016 10:52:59 AM PST · by Islander7 · 93 replies
    Bird of the day ^ | 2 FEB 16 | Islander7
    Hey there! Been missing your bird threads. Looked out the window this morning and saw several doves fighting over the bird feeders. Inspired me to ease up the road a bit to an osprey nest I've been keeping an eye on. The pair there have raised their fledges for at least the past four years. This is likely their time using this nest as the rotting pine sways precariously in even the slightest breeze. At any rate, I thought about you. Hope you are well and able to get out. Enjoy!
  • China’s Worst Self-Inflicted Environmental Disaster: The Campaign to Wipe Out the Common Sparrow

    07/18/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    IO9 ^ | July 18, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    China’s Worst Self-Inflicted Environmental Disaster: The Campaign to Wipe Out the Common Sparrow Back in the 1950s, China was going through its Great Leap Forward, an effort to transform China from a largely agrarian nation to a thriving industrial Marxist powerhouse. These sweeping (and often brutal) reforms, touched virtually every facet of Chinese life — and as one particular episode in China's history points out, the animal kingdom was also far from immune. In 1958, China ordered the extermination of several pests, including sparrows — an ill-fated campaign that eventually led to catastrophe. The Four Pests campaign Chinese leader Mao...
  • Asteroid impact helped create the birds we know today

    12/13/2015 9:12:47 PM PST · by Utilizer · 31 replies
    sciencemag.org ^ | 11 December 2015 2:00 pm | Sid Perkins
    Every bird alive today can trace its ancestry to creatures that lived about 95 million years ago on a chunk of land that split off from the supercontinent Gondwana, a new study suggests. The new family tree, compiled using information from fossils and from genetic analyses of modern birds, also reveals that this lineage underwent a major burst of evolution after an asteroid slammed into Earth about 66 million years ago and killed off the rest of their dinosaurian kin. "This is one of the most comprehensive studies that attempts to date when these evolutionary divergences happened," says Luis Chiappe,...
  • Influence of Earth's history on the dawn of modern birds

    12/13/2015 11:06:28 AM PST · by JimSEA · 25 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 12/11/2015 | American Museum of Natural History
    New research led by the American Museum of Natural History reveals that the evolution of modern birds was greatly shaped by the history of our planet's geography and climate. The DNA-based work, published today in the journal Science Advances, finds that birds arose in what is now South America around 90 million years ago, and radiated extensively around the time of the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event that killed off the non-avian dinosaurs. The new research suggests that birds in South America survived this event and then started moving to other parts of the world via multiple land bridges while diversifying during...
  • Peregrine Falcon vs. B2 Bomber

    11/17/2015 11:10:02 AM PST · by Talisker · 47 replies
  • Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year!

    11/04/2015 11:15:00 AM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    CFACT ^ | March 18, 2013 | Jim Wiegand
    Big Wind hides evidence of turbine bird kills and gets rewarded. Here is how they do it. In 1984 the California Energy Commission .. the primary environmental issue alluded to was the extreme hazard that wind turbines posed to raptors. ... Since the early 1980s, the industry has known there is no way its propeller-style turbines could ever be safe for raptors. With exposed blade tips spinning in open space at speeds up to 200 mph, it was impossible. Wind developers also knew they would have a public relations nightmare if people ever learned how many eagles are actually being...
  • Internet sees Vladimir Putin's face in flock of birds over New York City

    08/16/2015 5:26:11 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 57 replies
    CBC News ^ | 14 August 2015 | CBC News
    There is something fishy about this swarm of birds Is Big Brother Vladimir Putin watching us from above? We've seen the Russian president shirtless on a horse, calmly stroking a leopard and flooring a Judo black belt. Has Russia's king of masculine poses found a way to get a swarm of flying birds to soar into a formation of his face?
  • Attracted to Genesis by Magnets and a Bird Book

    08/10/2015 9:25:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 3 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 2015 | James J. S. Johnson
    Attracted to Genesis by Magnets and a Bird Book by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * Evidence for Creation God used magnets, a bird book, and some precious Christian teachers to draw me to appreciate and rely upon the origins history taught in Genesis. My journey of learning about creation and my Creator budded and blossomed in my teen years,1 but providential seed-planting and germination came earlier—in kindergarten, with magnets, and in second grade, when I received my first bird book. Magnets in Kindergarten As a small child, my parents taught me that God made everything, including me. However,...
  • Isolated Sightings of the Extinct Dodo Bird Have Spartans Concerned Over an Eerie Trend

    06/24/2015 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.tapinto.net ^ | June 4, 2015 at 12:37 AM | By BEN INSLEY
    A new phenomenon is sweeping across Sparta as more and more students come forward claiming to have encountered the flightless Dodo bird. Caught somewhere between a pigeon and a dove with its gray feathers and unmistakable yellow scowl, the Dodo bird stood at an intimidating one meter tall back in the 17th century when it became extinct--barely a century after its discovery. The Dodo bird was not known for its impact on this planet while it lived, but, rather, remains a point of contention and activism because of its death. The extinction of this bird has been overwhelmingly attributed to...
  • Which Kills More Birds? Oil Spills, or Windmills?

    06/18/2015 2:54:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2015 | Kerry Jackson
    Any time there's an oil spill on the water, the media are filled with photos and videos of crude-soaked birds. The coverage is the cue for the self-appointed environmentalist defenders of wildlife to wring their hands and furrow their brows.
  • Clint Eastwood To Make Film about Capt. Sully Sullenberger

    06/05/2015 12:11:41 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | Jun 04, 2015 | Stephen Pope
    Clint Eastwood To Make Film about Capt. Sully Sullenberger By Stephen Pope / Published: Jun 04, 2015 Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Tuesday that the life story of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is coming to the big screen in a yet-to-be named motion picture that will be directed by none other than Clint Eastwood. The film will be adapted from Sully's book, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters," co-written with Jeffery Zaslow.
  • Enter Sid Blumenthal

    04/10/2015 8:44:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 4-9-15 | Scott Johnson
    Jeff Gerth and Sam Biddle explore an important sidebar both to the affair of the Hillary Clinton homebrew email server and to the Benghazi scandal: “Private emails reveal ex-Clinton aide’s secret spy network.” Long story short: enter Sid Blumenthal, one of the most unsavory characters of the Clinton era. Enter Sid Blumenthal along with Tyler Drumheller and Cody Shearer, that is. Mark Hemingway reviews the triumvirate in “Meet the men behind Hillary Clinton’s private ‘spy network’” Ed Morrissey finds NBC’s Chuck Todd commenting regarding Blumenthal that “nothing regarding Blumenthal surprises me,” but Blumenthal enters the story from left field. Gerth...
  • White-tailed deer shown to raid nests, eat eggs and baby birds, USGS reports

    03/06/2015 4:21:54 PM PST · by SJackson · 84 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 3-6-15 | Todd Masson
    Seeing fewer quail on your hunting lease? Maybe it's time you stop pointing the finger at coyotes, raccoons and fire ants and place the blame on your murderous herd of white-tailed deer. Believe it or not, researchers have discovered deer will raid the happy homes of ground-nesting birds and enjoy a nice breakfast of eggs or fledglings. Pam Pietz, a wildlife biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in North Dakota, set up miniature video cameras that ran 24 hours a day to document the fate of grassland songbird nests, according to the USGS. She was...
  • UK: Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back

    03/03/2015 11:13:44 AM PST · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3rd March 2015 | BBC NEWS
    'Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air. The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the moment while he was out walking with his wife Ann.'
  • Crispy Critters — Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • Out of fear of racism, Sweden changes the names of bird species

    02/24/2015 8:08:19 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2015 | By Rick Noack
    For centuries, it has now been revealed, the Swedish had given birds some names that now could be considered offensive to certain groups. One species, for instance, was called "gypsy bird," whereas another was named "negro." The insult "caffer," which was used by white against blacks in South Africa, also resembled a Swedish bird species called "kaffer." There were other offensive bird names in Sweden, such as "Hottentot" — apparently inspired by the name of the language of an indigenous southwest African tribe called Khoikhoi, yet also a derogatory term for that tribe.
  • Solar farm sets 130 birds on FIRE: ...power plant ignites creatures mid-air during tests

    02/23/2015 2:51:27 PM PST · by matt04 · 74 replies
    More than 100 birds have been injured during testing of a new solar power farm. Biologists say 130 birds caught fire mid-air while entering an area of concentrated solar energy created by the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada. Experts believe the birds may have been attracted by the glow of the farm’s tower, but the project’s owners, SolarReserve, say they have found a way to reduce the fatalities. The solar project is close to being completion and is set to go launch next month. Thousands of mirrors focus sunlight onto one central tower to melt salt...
  • Pope Francis News 2015: Vatican Makes Balloons New Symbol of Peace After Last Year's Dove Attack

    01/28/2015 11:21:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Latin Post ^ | 25/01/2015 | Roberto Ontiveros
    On Sunday in St. Peter's Square, balloons were released as a gesture of peace instead of the traditional symbol of flying doves. This comes one year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds ignited protests by animal protection groups. Ever since Pope John Paul II started the tradition of releasing doves on the last Sunday of January every year, children have been at a window of the papal studio overlooking the square with the pope, setting free a pair of doves for world peace, according to the Associated Press. In 2014, the act of...
  • ISIS Executes Pigeon and Bird Breeders in Diyala, Iraq

    01/17/2015 7:19:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2015 | BY F. BRINLEY BRUTON
    Raising doves and pigeons is a deadly pursuit in ISIS-controlled Iraq. The popular hobby is in the sights of extremist Islamist fighters, who this week rounded up 15 boys and young men in the eastern province of Diyala for pursuing a pastime now deemed un-Islamic. Three have already been executed. The recent crackdown on bird breeders stems from ISIS' need for new fighters to battle the Iraqi and Syrian governments, as well as residents' growing desperation, according to the security official. Suspicion of bird-breeders stems from the fact they tend to feed their animals at the same time devout Muslims...
  • Buzzed birds slur their songs, researchers find [Well, DUH!]

    12/30/2014 9:06:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/30/2014 | Amina Khan
    You know how that guy at the karaoke bar singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " sounds a little off after he's had a few drinks? The same goes for buzzed birds, according to a team led by researchers from Oregon Health & Science University. For a study published in PLoS ONE, scientists found that when they got some unsuspecting zebra finches drunk, the birds slurred their songs. The findings could help scientists study the neural processes underlying birdsong - and shed light on human speech. While many scientists want to understand alcohol's effects on such a complex system as speech,...
  • Researchers able to perform extended study of stunning wild northern cardinal gynandromorph

    12/30/2014 8:46:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/30/2014 | Bob Yirka
    Credit: Brian D. Peer (Phys.org)—Ornithologists Brian Peer and Robert Motz, with Western Illinois University, found themselves with a unique opportunity a couple of years ago—to study a gynandromorphy in its native environment for an extended period of time. They have written a paper describing what they observed and have had it published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. The observations made by the pair of researchers represent the most extensive study of a bilateral gynandromorph bird in the wild to date. Gynandromorphy is a condition where an organism unnaturally possesses both male and female traits. Examples have been observed in...
  • Birds Inspire Flight Sensor Inventions

    12/22/2014 9:16:46 AM PST · by fishtank · 12 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 12-22-14 | Brian Thomas
    Birds Inspire Flight Sensor Inventions by Brian Thomas, M.S. * The Wright brothers studied wing structures of seabirds before building their first airplane, and the first helicopter is said to have been inspired by dragonfly flight. Today, inventors continue this tradition, focusing on bio-inspired flight sensors. A series of telling admissions in a recent summary of state-of-the-art research leave no doubt about the origins of flight-ready sensors. Gusts of wind tend to blow small, man-made flying machines called Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) off course—or knock them out of the sky altogether. But insects and birds fare much better. What keeps...
  • Birds 'heard tornadoes coming' and fled one day ahead

    12/19/2014 2:32:01 AM PST · by moose07 · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 December 2014 | Jonathan Webb
    US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers "evacuated" their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed the birds left the Appalachians and flew 700km (400 miles) south to the Gulf of Mexico. The next day, devastating storms swept across the south and central US. Writing in the journal Current Biology, ecologists suggest these birds - and others - may sense such extreme events with their keen low-frequency hearing. Remarkably, the warblers had completed their seasonal migration just days earlier, settling down to nest after a 5,000km (3,100 mile) journey from Colombia. Dr...
  • Vanity - where are the birds??

    12/16/2014 2:52:17 PM PST · by saminfl · 112 replies
    self | self
    I live in the Florida panhandle. I have a couple of bird feeders in my yard and I keep them filled. For the last few weeks, I haven't had to add any food. It dawned on me that there are no birds in my yard anymore. I used to have many cardinals along with jays, doves, woodpeckers and all the little ones I am not smart enough to identify. I thought it was just me, but I had dinner with two of my neighbors the other night and they brought up the subject asking where the birds have gone. Have...
  • Taliban Invent & Deploy Bird Bomb in Northern Afghanistan ...

    11/29/2014 1:51:33 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | Sat Nov 29 2014, | MIRWAIS JALALZAI
    Police defuse a bird bomb in northern Afghanistan For the first time Afghan police discover and defused a bomb which was planted in a bird’s body in northern Faryab province. Faryab is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, which is located in the north of the country bordering neighboring Turkmenistan. According to local police, the suspicious bird was flying over a police check point on Faryab- Jawzjan high way in Shereen Tagab distract, when police start tracking it. “The bird which also had a GPS on the top of his head was used by unknown sources possibly Taliban against...
  • Are There Birds In Canada?

    11/19/2014 1:53:02 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jimbo Duggins
    Are There Birds In Canada? I did not know this; but then, Canada has always been a mystery. Yahoo Answers to the rescue. posted on April 28, 2012, at 8:10 a.m.
  • Audubon predicts climate change will shrink bird ranges

    09/14/2014 6:55:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | September 14, 2014 | by BRENDAN GIBBONS
    By 2080, birds like the northern saw-whet owl, the scarlet tanager and the Baltimore oriole could all but disappear from Pennsylvania. Climate change is expected to shrink and shift northward the ranges of these and hundreds of other species across North America, according to a groundbreaking National Audubon Society study. Citizen science was crucial to this report. Audubon scientists relied on tens of thousands of observations from the U.S. Geological Survey’s North American Breeding Bird Survey, along with Aubudon’s own Christmas Bird Count. It combined these observations with historical climate data and climate changes predicted in the Intergovernmental Panel on...
  • Half of North American bird species threatened by climate change

    09/10/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 8, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
    Half of all bird species in North America — including the bald eagle — are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday. "The scale of the disruption we're projecting is a real punch in the gut," said Gary Langham, chief Audubon scientist. Langham led an Audubon study that examined more than 500 bird species and determined that more than 300 in Canada and the United States face large climate shifts that could reduce their habitat by half or more by 2080.