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Alpine Swifts Stay In The Air For 6 Months Straight

In September 2011, three Alpine Swifts took flight from Africa and didn’t reach their destination in the Mediterranean until April 2012. For more than 200 days, the birds journeyed across harsh terrain and survived, but that’s not the most impressive thing about it. According to the trackers placed on the birds, the swifts made the journey […]

Merlin Bird ID Program Identifies Birds By Photo

The future is here! The smart folks over at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have developed a program that allows you to upload your bird photos and then uses the magic of technology to identify the species. This program is truly a game-changer in the world of birding. Before I continue heaping praise on the […]

New Bird Species Discovered in Plain Sight

In a city with more than 2 million people, you’d think that everything within the vicinity would be known to the residents. However, even though we may think we know everything, sometimes there are new and mysterious things hiding in plain sight. That was the case for a newly discovered bird species named the Cambodian […]

World Series of Birding: Birding with adrenaline

On Friday night, as the clock approached midnight, hundreds of birders readied themselves for the world’s premier birding competition—the World Series of Birding. Although birding has the reputation of being an activity reserved for those looking for a relaxing escape from the burdens of everyday life, there are those who seek the exciting and adrenaline-inducing […]

Have a cat problem at your feeders? Spray them away

According to the American Bird Conservancy, hundreds of millions of birds are killed each year from domestic and feral cats. Birds are most vulnerable to predators when gathered around bird feeders because they aren’t completely focused on their surroundings. While many pet owners do the right thing in keeping cats indoors, sometimes feral cats or […]

Fewer wildfires leading to fewer black-backed woodpeckers

Yesterday, I was speaking to someone who said birds are excellent barometers of the health of certain area because as birds go, so goes the environment (and vice versa). Perfect evidence to back up this sentiment appeared Wednesday when four conservation groups filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Interior to get the black-backed […]

Some NYC residents fined for having birdbaths

Residents of New York who have birdbaths with standing water on their property may be susceptible to a fine of up to $2,000 based on the city’s health code, according to an article in The New York Times. (Hat tip to Melissa Mayntz who runs the great About Birding page for bringing it to my […]