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Ancient Bird Fossil Includes Evidence of an Unlaid Egg

Paleontologists in China have detected traces of an unlaid egg in a 110-million-year-old bird fossil from the Cretaceous period, in what’s considered the first discovery of its kind. And in an ironic twist, it appears the egg is what killed the mother bird.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Birds, Fossils, Paleontology, Ancient Birds, Birdmodo


Racing pigeon auctioned for $1.4 mil

It’s not only horses who can tear it up at the racetrack and be sold for millions. This star racing pigeon named Armando from Belgium sold for $1.4 million in an auction over the weekend, and according to PIPA, the group organizing the sale, he might be “the best long distance pigeon of all time.” Photo: PIPA As a racer with an impressive prize list, there was no question that Armando would fetch a sizeable sum at auction, but nobody was expecting such numbers. After fierce bidding war, a ...
Tags: Travel, China, Birds, Belgium, All, Nadine, Armando, PIPA, Joël Verschoot Armando, Xing Wei, Joël Verschoot


Fantasy Birding Is Real, And It's Spectacular

I became unreasonably passionate about fantasy sports for the very first time in my life. Not fantasy football or baseball or anything like that. I got into fantasy birdwatching.
Tags: Science, Animals, Birds, Fantasy Sports, Birding


'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' sold for world record €1.25m

Racing pigeon Armando goes for huge sum after bidding war between Chinese enthusiastsA racing pigeon has been sold for a world record €1.25m (£1.1m) as a result of prices being driven sky-high by a craze for bird racing among an elite group of Chinese enthusiasts. Related: The rebirth of coo: reconsidering the pigeon – in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, China, Animals, Environment, Life and style, World news, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Lewis Hamilton, Belgium, Hobbies, Armando


First (migrant) Chiffchaff of 2019

We heard an over-wintering Chiffchaff (at RSPB Titchwell on New Year’s Day this year, but today (18th March) I’ve just heard and seen the first one that has migrated from Africa for the summer. It was calling with its plaintive, sound-of-the summer, onomatopeic, metronomic and instantly recognisable tss-tss-ttt-tss-ttt-tss-tss-tss call. Snapped it quickly in Rampton Spinney as it was darting from tree to tree and calling in between. The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is a warbler an...
Tags: Africa, Birds, RSPB, Rampton Spinney, Chiffchaff


Five Hawks Down: watch the tragic migration of six Californian raptors

Watch these six dots move across the map and be moved yourself: this is a story about coming of age, discovery, hardship, death and survival. Each dot is a tag attached to the talon of a Swainson's Hawk. We follow them on their very first migration, from northern California all the way down to Argentina. After one year, only one is still alive. Discovered: destination Argentina The Buteo swainsoni is a slim, graceful hawk that nests from the Great Plains all the way to northern California. I...
Tags: Travel, Video, California, Mexico, Data, Earth, Surveillance, Birds, Conservation, Innovation, Argentina, South America, Map, Costa Rica, Panama, Veracruz


A pleasure to burn: Why do people like spicy foods?

Humans are the only animals known to willingly eat foods that cause irritation, discomfort, and even pain.Theories for why range from thrill-seeking behavior to an evolutionary adaptation for seeking foods that reduce pathogens.Taste results from an interplay of genes, culture, memory, and personality, a complex design that scientists are only now beginning to understand. None If a Martian anthropologist found its way to a Clifton Chili Club Chili Eating Contest, it would discover one the univer...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Europe, Earth, Bacteria, Nature, Birds, Innovation, Evolution, University of Pennsylvania, Sherman, University Of Southern California, Evolutionary Psychology, Microbes, Biomechanics, Padron


red-winged blackbirds return - a sign of spring

I was surprised to hear a red-winged blackbird today. Everything is snow covered and seems quite wintery still. I looked up when they returned to my yard in previous years:2015: March 272016: March 52018: February 252019: March 12I also looked at the site Journey North, a citizen reporting site. These dates fit with their observations. Some springs are late, some early. This looks like a pretty average one based on the blackbirds. [Author: kathy]
Tags: Gardening, Birds, Kathy, Phenology


Elizabeth Hargrave’s Surprisingly Successful Board Game

In the board-game world, where characters are often zombies and military figures, Elizabeth Hargrave’s Wingspan takes a different route. With scientifically accurate descriptions and depictions of birds, it’s a card-based game in which each player’s goal is to attract birds to their network of wildlife preserves. Players assign birds, outfitted with special powers and specific capabilities, to habitats and tally points based on whether or …
Tags: Games, Science, Design, Animals, Environment, Birds, Culture, Board Games, Game Design, Linkaboutit, Ornithology, Animal Conservation, Elizabeth Hargrave


Clever bird adapts to pecking order

Sometimes life comes at you fast, and you just have to make the best of a challenging situation. This clever birdie finds a way to make it work. Clever
Tags: Post, News, Birds, Wildlife, Bird, Aww, Picks, Birbs, Birb


Martin Woodcock obituary

Artist admired for the illustrations that grace the pages of the monumental The Birds of Africa, first published in the early 1980sAmid the economic uncertainty of the mid 1970s not many people gave up a job in the City of London. But in 1974, Martin Woodcock did just that, swapping life as a stockbroker to become a freelance bird artist.He never looked back. Martin, who has died aged 84, spent the rest of his distinguished career travelling through Asia and Africa to observe, draw and paint som...
Tags: Art, Asia, Books, London, Animals, Poetry, Africa, Environment, Painting, Birds, Wildlife, Art and design, Norfolk, Martin, Martin Woodcock


This Woman Set Up A Photo Booth For Birds In Her Yard, And The Results Are Extraordinary

“This bird has teeth!” Birds have always been a symbol of freedom. But because of their liberating ability to fly, they seem so unreachable and mysterious to us. Luckily there is a way to meet with nature face to face and explore the beautiful feathered creatures in their natural setting without scaring them away or causing any harm. Lisa, who goes by the name Ostdrossel on her social... Source
Tags: Design, Animals, Photo, Birds, Lisa, Booth, Ostdrossel


She Invented a Board Game With Scientific Integrity. It’s Taking Off.

How Elizabeth Hargrave turned a passion for ornithology and spreadsheets into a popular game about birds.
Tags: Games, Design, News, Eggs, Birds, Birdwatching, Hobbies, Medicare, Mathematics, Health Insurance and Managed Care, Flowers and Plants, Cards and Card Games, Your-feed-science, Elizabeth Hargrave


Polynesian tattoos: Out of Tonga, into the world

Tattooing is not a Polynesian invention, but it clearly developed into a fine art in the Pacific Islands. Ö tzi, the fellow who died in the ice in the Italian Alps 5,300 years ago had dozens of tattoos. And his death predates the development of Polynesian culture. Ötzi's 61 tattoos were generally geometric forms. Crosses and stripes and rows of lines. Early Egyption mummies had tattoos as well. But tattooing certainly developed dramatically during the Polynesian period. A new paper on Po...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Cook, Birds, Archaeology, Zoology, Botany, Canberra, Pacific, Griffith University, Tonga, Oceania, Langley, Clark, Pacific Islands


'Intimidation': Tasmanian activists say duck hunters left dead wallaby at camp

Group trying to disrupt hunt says ‘human urine’ also left at site at start of state’s official duck-hunting seasonTasmanian anti-duck hunting activists say they have been intimidated after a dead wallaby and bags of human urine were left around their campsite.Chris Simcox and a small group of campaigners attempted to disrupt the first day of Tasmania’s official duck hunting season on Saturday at Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve on the state’s east coast. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Australia news, Birds, Tasmania, Chris Simcox


Ties: My Stepson, the Owl and Me

The owl became a beacon of hope: a kindred spirit, with feathers, to narrow the valley between us. Without the owl, we were just two strangers, brought together in the shadow of divorce.
Tags: News, Owls, Parenting, Divorce, Birds, Families and Family Life, Separations and Annulments


PHOTO: Lucky Closeup of a Bornean Thick-Billed Spiderhunter

I traveled to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo mainly to see orangutans in the wild and to learn about the endangered Sun Bears. An unexpected bonus was the astonishing birdlife. I spotted Rhinoceros hornbills, with their weird red and gold banana-shaped headdresses, as well as black and white Oriental Pied Hornbills. Unfortunately, my telephoto lens was not good enough to capture decent photos of either species, as they were sitting in high treetops, surrounded by dense foli...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Birds, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Sandakan


The growing role of citizen scientists in research

A movement is growing where science is no longer restricted to academics but instead it has become a pursuit for the public in general. Nature lovers have unwittingly been acting as data collectors, especially people that create lists of wildlife they see at home, in the park, or during a hike. Birdwatchers are known for making lists of the bird species they see, and scientists have come to realise that these lists can provide extremely useful information for monitoring animal populations. Throu...
Tags: Books, Texas, Germany, Birds, Biodiversity, North America, Citizen Science, Life Sciences, Bird Watching, Ornithology, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Ameland, Auk, Oystercatcher, Andrew M. Allen




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[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Birds, Ann Althouse


In the view from my window right now: How many cardinals?

Did you find them all? Don't miss the females! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Birds, Don, Ann Althouse


Split-Sex Animals Are Unusual, Yes, but Not as Rare as You’d Think

From butterflies to chickens to lobsters, mixed male-female bodies offer clues as to why certain diseases strike one gender more often than the other.
Tags: News, Research, Birds, Hormones, Mammals, Genetics and Heredity, Chromosomes, Butterflies and Moths, Biology and Biochemistry, Your-feed-science


Short-eared Owls at Burwell Fen

A 7- or 8-mile hike from NT Wicken Fen car park out through Burwell Fen to The Anchor in Burwell and back via the electric sub-station. Timing was perfect, just ahead of sunset by the time we got to the western side of Burwell Fen, there were about 20 others with cameras waiting for the local Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus) to emerge for their late-afternoon prandials. Reckon we saw three of possibly six that live around this Fen. Like I say, there were quite a few people on the Fen watching...
Tags: Photography, Owls, Birds, Wicken Fen, Burwell, Fen, Burwell Fen


Scopelessly in love with birds

I made a start on a bird book, but there are so many around, it seemed like a futile effort, once I’d done a bit of due diligence and spoken to my publisher. My plan was originally for a nice, bright and glossy, book of full-colour plates, but they’re expensive to repro in print. The unique selling point (USP), aside from my photos, was to be discussion of the etymology of the different birds’ names, their recognised names, their folk names, and their scientific names. But, then I found and read...
Tags: Birds, Stephen Moss, USP


Plastics reach remote pristine environments, scientists say

Birds’ eggs in High Arctic contain chemical additives used in plasticsScientists have warned about the impact of plastic pollution in the most pristine corners of the world after discovering chemical additives in birds’ eggs in the High Arctic.Eggs laid by northern fulmars on Prince Leopold Island in the Canadian Arctic tested positive for hormone-disrupting phthalates, a family of chemicals that are added to plastics to keep them flexible. It is the first time the additives have been found in A...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Birds, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Arctic, Plastics, Prince Leopold Island


A look at our local raptors for backyard bird count weekend

BACKYARD RAPTORS The 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count is underway and continues through Monday. To celebrate, we take a look at a few of the more prestigious raptors of California that have come dangerously close to extinction that you might find in your own backyard. BALD EAGLE The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for Native Americans. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the bald eagle was close to extinction in the lower 48 ...
Tags: New York, News, California, Hiking, Environment, California News, Events, Infographic, Sport, Birds, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Iowa, North America, Central Valley


Their chips are down: New Zealand seagulls under threat after 'unbelievable declines'

Three species of seagulls are severely at risk, but there is little public awareness or sympathy for their plightSquawking, chip-stealing seagulls are under threat in New Zealand, with some colonies experiencing “unbelievable declines”, and others disappearing altogether over the past few decades.New Zealand is home to three species of seagull but the native red-billed seagull – the beady-eyed interloper who makes an appearance at every beach picnic up and down the country – is the most common. ...
Tags: Environment, World news, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, New Zealand


This Man Traveled 10,000 Miles to See America's Trash Birds—and Loved Every Minute of It

20-year-old Tasmanian George Vaughan had three main goals for his trip to the United States last month: see a Metallica concert, visit Niagara Falls, and go to a landfill in southern Alabama. The landfill, he hoped, would help him realize a dream he’d held for six years: to see a laughing gull, a “seagull” generally…Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Alabama, Birds, United States, Tasmania, Bird Watching, Niagara Falls, Wonder, Awe, Birdmodo, George Vaughan, Miles to See America s Trash Birds


Trilobites: Birds of a Feather May Stick Together, but This Bird’s Foot Got Stuck in Amber

Known as “Ugly Foot” or “Hobbit Foot,” researchers say the feathered specimen offers long-sought clues to the evolutionary path of birds.
Tags: News, Birds, Dinosaurs, Myanmar, Amber, Paleontology, Ryan, Lida, McKellar, Xing, Scientific Reports (Journal, Endangered and Extinct Species, Your-feed-science


Basics: Everywhere in the Animal Kingdom, Followers of the Milky Way

As scientists learn more about milk’s evolution and compositional variations, they are redefining what used to be a signature characteristic of mammals.
Tags: News, Parenting, Birds, Milk, Davis, Beetles, Animal Behavior, Insects, University Of California, Mammals, Spiders, Smithsonian Institution, University of Idaho, University of Bayreuth, Flies, Smithsonian National Zoological Park