Birding News #16

:: Rare Bird Alert in Canada: A Garganey (Code 4) has been found around Mirabel, Laurentides, Quebec.

:: A pair of Peregrine Falcons at the Bell Tower in Edmonton, Alberta, have laid three eggs, and the Alberta Conservation Association has put up a cam so you can watch the pair via live streaming.

:: BirdWatching Magazine has a list of 19 books about birds that have been recently published, and the editors’ favorites

:: A man from Alaska defended his family from a bear attack using his spotting scope and tripod

:: About 50 ducks were rescued in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, after landing in potash waste water ponds

:: The Madagascar Pochard is the world’s rarest duck and now, 58 of them are part of a captive breeding program to help stabilize the wild population 

:: Birders are getting very frustrated with shooters who are disrespectful of the Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Landon at Two Birders and Binoculars: Where do Birds Sleep?

:: From Russell at BC Rare Bird Alert: Help Support The Spoon-billed Sandpiper

:: From Sharon, beat writer for 10,000 Birds: How Close is “Too Close” to an Owl?

:: From Ryan, beat writer for Birding is Fun: A Hybrid Dusky Grouse x Sharp-tailed Grouse

:: From Mia at On The Wing Photography: Bird Sampler for April 28 through May 4, 2013

Birding News #12

:: For the first time since 1955, a pair of Bald Eagles have successfully hatched chicks on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Here is the story from CTV, CBC, and The Hamilton Spectator.

:: The Department of Environmental Conservation in New York State might introduce Spruce Grouse into the Adirondacks as early as this year to help repopulate the native population which is facing extinction as early as 2020.

:: A wild pair of Whooping Cranes in Louisiana have built a nest, but the pair aren’t old enough to produce eggs this year. It’s still very good news!

:: Visit the BirdCast website to see when birds are expected to migrate through your area

:: Sandhill Cranes are wreaking havoc on the baseball and soccer fields in Gibbon, Nebraska.

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From the Backyard Chirper: How to Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder

:: From Laurence at Butler’s Birds: One and Only Patagonia

:: From Drew, beat writer at Nemesis Bird: Delaware Birders Robbed of 1st State Record

:: From Sharon at Birdchick: The latest Birdchick Podcast

:: From Mia at On the Wing Photography: A Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk Learning to Hunt

Birding News #4

:: Hurricane Sandy removed a lot of sand from beaches needed by horseshoe crabs need to lay their eggs. And fewer crab eggs make it harder for Red Knots to fuel their migration.

:: More on the Red Knot: there is a petition to continue the moratorium on harvesting horseshoe crabs in New Jersey.

:: Superb Fairy Wrens in Australia eavesdrop on the alarm calls of other species.

:: The American Bird Conservancy and Fundación ProAves have purchased key wintering habitat for birds in Colombia, South America. One of the species this will benefit, along with 25 other neotropical migrants, is the Cerulean Warbler, a bird whose population has declined by about 70 percent in the last 40 years.

:: February is National Bird Feeding month!

:: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating nearly 1,300 miles as protected habitat for the endangered Southwestern Willow flycatcher.

:: A Laysan Albatross named Wisdom is the oldest recorded bird in the United States at the age of about 62, and on February 3rd she hatched a healthy-looking chick.

:: Birds are inside the Mitchell International Airport in Wisconsin.

:: You can now watch real-time submissions of checklists on eBird.

A Great Horned Owl survived getting hit by a sport-utility vehicle in Florida.

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Sharon at Birdchick: The latest Birdchick Podcast

:: From Nemesis Bird: New Birding Apps Roundup

:: From Catherine Hamilton, guest writer for the American Birding Association blog: A New Field Mark for Differentiating Stints and Peeps

:: From Julie Gidwitz-Vinkler beat writer at Birding is FunA Few Fun Facts about Several Bird Species