“Since the 1960s, the Wood Thrush population is estimated to have fallen by 62 percent, from 13 million to about 5 million. This bird faces threats to its forest habitat on both its breeding grounds in eastern North America and on wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America.”—
“La Sorte and his colleagues did no field work at all to arrive at their results; instead, they analyzed the sightings of thousands of bird watchers who contribute to an online checklist program called eBird, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Using some 2.3 million records from 2007–2011, the researchers calculated an average location for each species on each day of the year. Though the resulting measurements of speed and direction are coarser than for individuals tracked by satellite, they represent major shifts by thousands or millions of birds that would be impossible for any one scientist or bird watcher to detect on their own.”—
“Chick loss to intruder loons has always been a major source of “natural” mortality. There are indications that intruder loons are having more impacts on nesting success and chick survivorship as the population continues to grow, but it is difficult to quantify.”—
“One day as I checked on them, an adult loon and then a second adult came around the island. As they swam closer, I could see two little chicks bobbing between them. The family swam on, staying close to each other, relocating to a nearby cove where they would raise their chicks. They made it against the odds.”—Loons: Symbol of the Northern Wilderness by Jane Oglivie as posted on New England Photography Guild’s website.
“The thrush is an icon of our New England woods, but it’s disappearing right before our eyes,” Mollie Matteson, a conservation advocate at the Center’s Northeast office, said in a statement released to the press. “This songbird needs Endangered Species Act protection to stand a chance in the face of climate change.”—
“Reaching into the bag, Streby gingerly pulled out a tiny nestling. Not yet golden, it had dark-olive plumage with faint yellow wingbars. The baby golden-wing squirmed and peeped in Streby’s hand as he flipped it on its back and gently threaded a pair of minuscule elastic bands around its delicate little legs. He was outfitting the bird with a nano-sized radio transmitter backpack.”—A Golden Plan for a Turnaround - Spring 2013 Living Bird
“Weather like this can generate spectacular birding. Fallout conditions occur when warm air from the south or southwest meets colder air to the north. The collision can produce fog, rain, and swirling winds – weather you might not consider suitable for birdwatching. But these conditions can cause countless birds – migrating north on tailwinds – to drop from migration and into view.”—
Join me this Saturday for my one and only bird walk this spring at the University of Vermont’s Horticulture Farm! The Friends of the Horticulture Farm have invited me there this Saturday, from 8 - 11am to lead a bird walk through orchards, woods and fields. We’ll focus on both the birds and talk a bit about birdscaping so you can make your backyard a haven for songbirds. Space is limited and there is a fee.
“A new study from scientists at Boise State University in Idaho shows that even species considered “tolerant” of human activity may be adversely impacted by human disturbance; Kestrels nesting in close proximity to roads and developed areas had elevated stress hormones and high rates of nest abandonment. The apparently favorable location, then, becomes an ecological trap.”—