Bird Feathers #4

by John Briggs on January 1, 2008

in Bird Feathers, Blog

The fourth in a series of occassional rundowns of what’s happening in the world of [tag]birds[/tag], [tag]birding[/tag] and [tag]bird[/tag] blogging.

New Years Landscape - Route 9 - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Etherington Pond - Fortunes Rock Beach - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

First pictures of the snowy New Year!

The last day of the year didn’t go quietly | Bird TLC admits it’s 502nd bird of 2007 for treatment, a Red-Tailed Hawk.

An outrage against hawks and falcons | Birder’s World Field of view reports that a pigeon breeder’s club in California, Oregon, and other states has been killing thousands of hawks and falcons a year in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — and bragging about it.

Volunteers needed to join international bird-feeding study | People who feed birds in the United States and Canada are invited to participate in a study on the feeding habits of birds. Project Wildbird is a landmark $1 million study of seed and feeder preferences of wild birds in the United States and Canada.

School construction may relocate chimney swifts | A 60-foot-tall chimney is one of the few known roosting sites left in Maine for the chimney swift, a songbird that migrates here each May from the mountainous regions of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Footing the bill could become problem in woodpecker hunt | If an ivory-billed woodpecker is not found in 2008, John Arvin worries federal funding for the search, and the support of the scientific and birding communities, could become as elusive as his quarry.

Thousands of loons dying in Great Lakes area | The loon, an icon of the North Woods, is dying by the thousands across a growing swath of the Great Lakes, victims of a bacterial disease that works its way up from the lake floor.

Threatened Birds May Be Rarer Than Geographic Range Maps Suggest | Geographic range maps that allow conservationists to estimate the distribution of birds may vastly overestimate the actual population size of threatened species and those with specific habitats, according to a study published online in the journal Conservation Biology.

Female House Finch - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Female House Finch, first bird of 2008!

Happy birding!

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