June 2011

Bird Ringing – how safe are mist nets?

Thumbnail image for Bird Ringing – how safe are mist nets? by Rebecca Nason 30 June 2011

How safe are mist nets? Photo: Sand Martins in mist net by © Rebecca Nason The following article has been forwarded to me and I thought I’d share in with my fellow birding bloggers, many of whom may be bird ringers/banders or have a general interest in the use of mist nets in bird research [...]

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Satipo Road – new name?

Thumbnail image for Satipo Road – new name? by Gunnar 30 June 2011

For fundraising purposes the birding circuit known as Satipo Road needed a new name. Rainforest Partnership has a hard time to market a road as a pristine area among non-birders, and the name Pampa Hermosa which has been used in the past is already in use at two other birding sites in Peru. A recent poll singled out Colibri Trail as the favorite, which makes much sense since there are 45 species of Hummingbirds recorded from this area. Colibri means Hummingbird in virtually every language except English.

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Journal Club: Gouldian Finches’ fascinating mating system

Thumbnail image for Journal Club: Gouldian Finches’ fascinating mating system by Grrlscientist 29 June 2011

Gouldian Finches occur in two morphs. Red heads or Black heads. Red-headed females prefer red-headed males – and black prefer blacks. In the small populations it is not always possible for the finches to chose their own type. When they cross the results are not good. However, a “hybrid” female will always have less viability than “hybrid” male. The stress of mating the “wrong”kind makes the Gouldian Finch able to regulate the outcome producing more male “hybrid” offspring which has better viability. Read Grrl Scientist fascinating account how the females do this.

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Amazonia Lodge – The Pot of Gold at the End of the Manu Road’s Rainbow.

Thumbnail image for Amazonia Lodge – The Pot of Gold at the End of the Manu Road’s Rainbow. by Rich Hoyer 28 June 2011

Rich Hoyer shares some photos from Amazonia Lodge – the pot of gold at the end of the Manu Road’s Rainbow.

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Darwin’s Other Birds: Introduction

Thumbnail image for Darwin’s Other Birds: Introduction by GregLaden 24 June 2011

Despite rumors to the contrary, Charles Darwin knew his birds. In fact, some of the most interesting writing on birds is to be found in his work. And, for the next several weeks, that’s where we’ll be looking for knowledge and inspiration of an avian kind.

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Greg Laden joins Birdingblogs

Thumbnail image for Greg Laden joins Birdingblogs by Gunnar 23 June 2011

If you have you checked out NatureBlogNetwork lately (that is within the last 3-4 years), you may have noticed the name in the title. Greg Laden is number 1. His blog on ScienceBlogs.com gets around 4000 unique visits per day. That’s right! 4000 people visit his blog every day! Now Greg is blogging for Birdingblogs on Fridays. Maybe not every Friday, but he has quite a few posts in the bag scheduled. Greg shall be blogging here about Darwin’s lesser known birds.

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Manitoba in June

Thumbnail image for Manitoba in June by Rebecca Nason 23 June 2011

  Well my apologies ;-( I  know I have been a rather illusive participant in ‘birdingblogs’ in recent weeks, in fact I feel my feet have barely touched the ground since our Lesvos tour back in early May! However, finally I’m back in my coastal Suffolk abode and have managed to free up a little [...]

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San Pedro – Manu’s Middle Elevation Cloud Forests

Thumbnail image for San Pedro – Manu’s Middle Elevation Cloud Forests by Rich Hoyer 21 June 2011

In this blog I’m revisiting my travels here in September and October of the past two years…and in the process boning up for my return in October of this year. Like any road that descends the wet, eastern slope of the Andes, the Manu Road’s diversity begins to explode as you approach the Amazonian lowlands. [...]

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Only 5 pairs Gurney’s Pitta left in Thailand

Thumbnail image for Only 5 pairs Gurney’s Pitta left in Thailand by DaleForbes 19 June 2011

Khao Nor Chuchi, near Krabi in southern Thailand has become something of a tropical birders’ mecca over the last decade – especially for those that are obsessed with pittas as, with 5 pitta species on the cards, Khao Nor Chuchi is bound to get your birder heart racing. Just the thought of Banded Pitta, Hooded [...]

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Peru’s Manu Road – The Upper Elevations

A Barred Fruiteater on the Manu Road, Peru by Rich Hoyer 16 June 2011

In looking ahead to my tour this coming October, I’m taking a look back on last year’s visit to this amazing birding road. We are lucky to stay at Wayqecha Biological Station at the highest elevations on the Manu Road. Formerly we had to camp here to sample the exciting bird life that prefers this [...]

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Bustard and Bastard are not the same words

Thumbnail image for Bustard and Bastard are not the same words by Gunnar 15 June 2011

In 1960, the International Council for Bird Preservation met in Tokyo to encourage governments around the world to designate a national bird, particularly among species in the greatest need of protection in each country. Great Indian Bustard was one of the most threatened species on the Indian Sub-continent. An obvious choice to any conservationist. However, in the end, the Indian government decided to place the title to the peacock. The bustard was passed over because its name was similar to a pejorative term for an illegitimate child. Now the species is Critically Endangered.

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Flaparazzi – is that a new word?

Thumbnail image for Flaparazzi – is that a new word? by Gunnar 13 June 2011

A new word has been coined for the UK Twitchers. And it is not very nice. Flaparazzi. In two The Telegraph articles about the British Birdwatching scene – describes the mad recent twitch at Hartlepool where a White-throated Robin turned up in the Garden of Dr Michaal Reece behind his 3m walls. That would not stop the Flaparazzi.

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Can you combine birding in a family holiday?

Thumbnail image for Can you combine birding in a family holiday? by DaleForbes 12 June 2011

I suspect that the vast majority of birders have contemplated this at some stage. Fact is that most of us birders are married to, in a relationship with, or the children of non-birders. And when birders have holiday time, particularly in new lands, we immediately start to think with glee of sewage works, stinking mosquito-infested [...]

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Manu Road – A Third Time

A Lanceolated Monklet along Peru's Manu Road on a WINGS tour with Rich Hoyer by Rich Hoyer 7 June 2011

This coming October I’ll be doing my annual Manu Tour, my third visit to this megadiversity hotspot in Peru. I have no doubt that I’ll be seeing some new things here. Rarities such as Greater Scythebill are possible (and may yet remain only a possibility for decades to come, who knows), but even some more [...]

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South Africa’s 8 Vultures

Thumbnail image for South Africa’s 8 Vultures by DaleForbes 5 June 2011

South Africa has 8 regularly occurring and breeding vulture species, from the southern African endemic Cape Griffon Vulture (Gyps coprotheres), to the wide-spread and wide-ranging African White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus). One of my favorite – and always a thrill to see – is the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetes barbatus). The Bearded Vulture evidently gets its strong, [...]

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Facebook for birders with a cause

Facebook logo by Gunnar 4 June 2011

Those that read my regular blog where I post less and less frequently since I started Birdingblogs, know that I am obsessed about Social Media in general and Facebook in particular.  I have already promoted that birders do well in connecting more on Facebook on a personal level in for instance this post:  Every birder [...]

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These Featured Bird Bloggers of the Month~like to do it together

Thumbnail image for These Featured Bird Bloggers of the Month~like to do it together by dAwN FiNe 3 June 2011

Howdee all, How was spring migration for you all? We just finished three weeks of intense birding. One week in West Virginia at the New River Birding and Nature Festival, and two weeks in Ohio for The Biggest Week in American Birding. ~Migration Magic.~ If you have never been to Magee Marsh and the surrounding [...]

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