:: A Czech zoologist studied waterfowl landings for a year to determine how flocking birds avoid collisions when they touch down
:: The early bird gets the legs: an Oxford University research team found that a radical shortening of their bony tails more than 100 million years ago enabled the earliest birds to develop versatile legs that gave them an evolutionary edge.
:: When Bar-headed Geese migrate over the Himalayas, it requires 10 to 20 times more oxygen than resting
:: Song Sparrows of different ages experience climate change differently
:: The Guardian has a roundup of reviews for Mark Cocker’s latest book, Birds & People, which was published on August 1 in the UK (September 24 in the US and Canada)
Great posts in birding blogs this week:
:: From Greg at Greg Miller Birding: 2013 Impatient Birder’s Cheat Sheet to North America!