Birding News #84

:: Birds have better judgment of their body width than do humans, according to a research project to design autonomous aircraft navigation systems, at the Queensland Brain Institute’s Neuroscience of Vision and Aerial Robotics laboratory.

:: One of Britain’s rarest birds of prey, a female Montagu’s Harrier, has disappeared from the Queen’s estate at Sandringham, and its satellite tracking device has stopped transmitting; the bird is one of only seven breeding pairs remaining in England.

:: Managers at the celebrated Sydney Opera House are considering using a giant mechanical bird of prey to keep hungry but nationally protected Silver Gulls away from diners at the outdoor venues.

:: Minnesota’s Pigeon Lake Islands have been closed to visitors because of Newcastle Disease, a contagious virus which has killed several dozen cormorants and pelicans.

:: Researchers have discovered that the relationship between the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania and the Greater Honeyguide Bird, in the search for wild honey, is not mutually beneficial as previously thought, with the Hazda not rewarding the birds with honey in order to keep them hungry enough to continue guiding.

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Matty at The EyrieVelociraptors and Moving Rocks: Notes from Camp Colorado

:: From Tony at Birds CalgaryWaxwings, From Egg to Fledgling

:: From Kathie at Kathie’s BirdsLabor Day on Bailey Island

:: From eBirdIdentifying Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warblers

:: From Greg at 10,000 Birds: How Many Birds Are Killed By Windmills and Other Green Energy Projects

:: From Sharon at BirdchickBirdchick Podcast #176 Birds Have It Hard

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