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Jonathan Franzen: Liking Is for Cowards.

Thumbnail image for Jonathan Franzen: Liking Is for Cowards. by Gunnar 30 May 2011

Bestseller author Jonathan Franzen is a birder Jonathan Franzen is a very famous modern American author praised by the critics and awarded many fine nominations and awards. He has been compared with Tolstoy. Or so I am told, because I have not read him yet. I’ll be frank to you. Two months ago, I did not […]

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Journal Club: Sparrows show us a new way to have sexes

Thumbnail image for Journal Club: Sparrows show us a new way to have sexes by Grrlscientist 25 May 2011

I’ve always loved white-throated sparrows, Zonotrichia albicollis. Not only are these handsome birds the sister species to my own dissertation bird, the white-crowned sparrow, Z. leucophrys, but I think they are among the most fascinating bird species in the world. In fact, I am so captivated by this species that the chance to pursue my […]

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Tweeting birds. Finally!

Thumbnail image for Tweeting birds. Finally! by Gunnar 8 May 2011

Real birds tweet on Twitter Here is the newest viral tweeter on Twitter. A Twitter account totally run by birds. Latvian journalist Voldemars Dudums figured out a way to get birds to start tweeting with their very own Twitter account by creating a peckable keyboard. Some bacon fat is just tied up to the keyboard […]

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Will and Kate: the prequel

Thumbnail image for Will and Kate: the prequel by Kenn Kaufman 28 April 2011

If you pay close attention to the popular media, you may have noticed recent references to some couple named “Will and Kate.”  Perhaps you’ve been mystified as to the identity of this couple.  I’m here to tell you that it would be no mystery if you were a birder with a good grasp of the […]

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Review: Audubon Birds for Android

Thumbnail image for Review: Audubon Birds for Android by Gunnar 26 April 2011

Robert Mortenson of Birding is Fun gives Audubon Birds app for Android phones a raving review.

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Super-rare Amsterdam Albatross a new species

Thumbnail image for Super-rare Amsterdam Albatross a new species by DaleForbes 21 March 2011

The Amsterdam (Island) Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis was first described in 1983 – breeding on only one Indian Ocean island, Amsterdam Island – and its identity and taxonomic relationships have been hotly disputed since. Evidently, it was widely thought to be a subspecies of Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans, and interestingly breeds in a characteristic dark plumage, […]

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Devastating tsunami claims lives of humans and birds

Thumbnail image for Devastating tsunami claims lives of humans and birds by Gyorgy Szimuly 11 March 2011

A few days ago every major news source published the fantastic news about the world’s oldest bird which returned to its Midway home to raise chicks. Wisdom, the name of the more 60 years old Laysan Albatross, returned safe to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Islands. Soon after the chicks of the […]

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Tsingy Wood-Rail – New species of Rail.

Thumbnail image for Tsingy Wood-Rail – New species of Rail. by Gunnar 27 February 2011

A new species of Rail from Madagascar has been described in the scientific journal Zootaxa (click for pdf) by Goodman et al . One of the authors is well known birder Nick Block from Texas who was responsible for the genetic analysis.  The new species named Tsingy Wood Rail Mentocrax beankaensis is closely related to […]

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Another New Storm-Petrel Discovered

Thumbnail image for Another New Storm-Petrel Discovered by Gyorgy Szimuly 25 February 2011

A new species of seabird has been found. A five-person multi-national expedition led by British seabird expert Peter Harrison, captured 12 of the mystery storm-petrels at sea near Puerto Montt, Chile on February 18, 19, and 21, and can now confirm the existence of a new species.

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Hummingbird spy

Thumbnail image for Hummingbird spy by Gunnar 19 February 2011

How cool is this? A miniature flying camera that looks like a hummingbird. Like a gadget sampled from a James Bond movie.  Imagine Q handing over this little bird to Bond in the opening scenes – and Bond later use the radio wired flying miniature bird that can sustain flights for 11 min, fly forward […]

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new virtual Birding Game

Thumbnail image for new virtual Birding Game by DaleForbes 1 February 2011

So the basic idea of the Birding Game is that you can go virtual birding, click on the bird silhouettes and be presented with a bird photo which you need to identify. At the moment there are three locations: Corpus Christi, Texas Extremadura, Spain Lake Neusiedl National Park, Austria And you can choose to play […]

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The Evolution of Feathers

Thumbnail image for The Evolution of Feathers by Rich Hoyer 27 January 2011

The closest living relatives of birds, dinosaurs, and pterosaurs are crocodilians. Although these scaly beasts obviously do not have feathers today, the discovery of the same gene in alligators that is involved in building feathers in birds suggests that perhaps their ancestors did, 250 million years ago, before the lineages diverged. So perhaps the question to ask, say some scientists, is not how birds got their feathers, but how alligators lost theirs.

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Short-tailed Albatross breeds on US soil

Thumbnail image for Short-tailed Albatross breeds on US soil by Gunnar 24 January 2011

Short-tailed Albatross back from the dead Although it is far too soon to say danger is over, the Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus has made a remarkable recovery. In 1949 it was believed to be extinct. It was rediscovered in 1951 and in 1954 only 25 pairs were counted on Torishima, Japan. Today there are 426 […]

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Xeno-canto featured on Treehugger

Thumbnail image for Xeno-canto featured on Treehugger by Gunnar 24 January 2011

The popular bird song data base has just been featured by TreeHugger – one of the most popular eco-sites in the world. has over 300.000 unique visitors per day – 1000 times more than Birdingblogs. It will be a massive boast of traffic for xeno-canto.

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Stunning bird photography.

Thumbnail image for Stunning bird photography. by Gunnar 21 January 2011

Flying birds at 1/8000s. Roy Hancliff takes shots of birds at 1/8000s speed. It freezes the picture. Roy explains: When I take the shot its so quick I don’t see it. Our eyes simply aren’t fast enough to register all the action that is happening right in your own back garden. It’s only afterwards when […]

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What A Turdus!

Thumbnail image for What A Turdus! by Rebecca Nason 21 January 2011

I have just seen a new post ‘ A Tremendous Turdus’ uploaded today by Ian McKerchar on the Manchester birding website. This post is an account of the incredible sighting and gripping IMAGES of a stunning Dusky Thrush – seen briefly by non-birding plane spotter Ian Reynolds in his garden in Leigh on the 8th […]

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Feels so empty without Lee!

Thumbnail image for Feels so empty without Lee! by Gunnar 20 January 2011

The Punkbirder are famous for (among many things) putting birding lyrics to popular songs. Remember, the Gyr Crakes video “Thou shalt always bird” we shared a couple of months ago. The Punkbirder made the original lyrics for that one as well. Well, here is an excerpt of the latest hit – a cover on Eminems Without […]

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SACC Accepts Colombian Chachalaca Split

Thumbnail image for SACC Accepts Colombian Chachalaca Split by Rich Hoyer 6 January 2011

The South American Classification Committee has made final the split of Colombian Chachalaca, Ortalis colombiana, from Speckled Chachalaca, Ortalis guttata. This is an old chestnut of allopatric populations on which various authorities have taken different views over the years.  SACC has had this issue down as requiring a proposal for many years.  There has now […]

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1000 birds to see before you die

Thumbnail image for 1000 birds to see before you die by Gunnar 5 January 2011

I just initiated a short 6 day holiday with my family in Tarapoto, so this will be a shorter post -and as some of my collegues here on birdingblogs, I have dugg deep in the vault of my own blog. Let me remind you: Let’s face it, you and I, we are never going to […]

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Birding with an iPad

Thumbnail image for Birding with an iPad by Gunnar 26 December 2010

Ipad for birders So did you get a new iPad for Christmas? Are you thinking of getting one? I wrote some first thoughts about the Ipad for birding when it was still released on my blog: 5 reasons why the iPad will be useful for birders and today I saw this review by Drew Weber […]

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