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Sep 302014
 
POLL: Should the Monk Parakeet be eradicated in the UK?

It has taken nets propelled by bungee cords, egg stealing and £260,000, but the days of the monk parakeet in the UK are now numbered. A programme to eradicate the colourful but non-native bird that started in 2011 has brought the population down to the last 50 birds, according to the latest government estimate. How [...]

Sep 292014
 
Central Winds Park, 9/15/2014

This morning I visited Central Winds Park. I’d seen some pretty nice eBird reports over the weekend, I was not disappointed. Central Winds has been pretty slow so far this Fall, but this morning I found 11 species of warbler, including my top goal for the morning, a Blackburnian Warbler. I’m still waiting for thrushes [...]

Sep 292014
 
Wildlife Licences: Can’t Shoot Robins, but Egyptian Geese are Game

Landowners wanting to be allowed to shoot robins, pied wagtails, starlings and other favourite birds seen eating their crops have been rebuffed by the government. But shooters will be able to legally kill or destroy the nests of Egyptian geese and trap and release protected birds like song thrushes, blue tits and dunnocks found foraging [...]

Sep 282014
 
Fueguero común, Hepatic Tanager, Piranga flava

Macho de fueguero fotografiado con lujo de detalles en el comedero del campo de Angel Prato en Curuzú Cuatiá en varias oportunidades durante la jornada del día Viernes 25 de Julio pasado. Realmente se disfruta tener a esta belleza tan cerca luciendo tan tranquilamente su notable rojo en el entorno. Solamente en las dos primeras [...]

Sep 282014
 
'Canary in the cornfield': Monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) [...]

Sep 272014
 
Spotted Redshank and Common Redshank

Both Spotted Redshank and Common Redshank are uncommon on the ‘patch’ with Spotted Redshank scarce. I had only seen the species a couple of times before and Phil only saw his first for Dhahran a few weeks ago. Most birds seen have been on the Percolation Pond where they are often quite distant so finding [...]

Sep 272014
 
Japan's whaling has produced more sushi than science

In 1994, member governments of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whaling regulatory body, agreed to create a vast sanctuary in the Southern Ocean. There, commercial whaling would be barred so whales hunted nearly to extinction could replenish their numbers in the cold, nutrient-rich waters and thrive again. The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was designed [...]

Sep 262014
 
Zambia ends trophy hunting ban, elephants fair game

After 20 months, Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The announcement was made by the country’s Tourism and Art’s Minister, Jean Kapata, who stated that the ban had resulted in a loss of revenue to the Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA). [...]

Sep 252014
 
Chingolo, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

Aprovechando esta hermosa fotografía que me traje del campo de Angel en Curuzú Cuatiá la cual muestra a un Chingolo perchando en el posadero que armamos nosotros con flores secas comparto hoy la leyenda del Chingolo, algún que otro poema acerca de el y otras cosas mas para conocer un poco mas acerca de este [...]

Sep 242014
 
Arabian Grey Shrike – Dhahran Hills

Whilst birding the ‘patch’ last week I found a Shrike on top of a dead date palm in the disused spray fields. The Grey shrikes in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia are very confusing and there is often healthy debate between the birders of the region over what species, and subspecies, individual birds are. [...]

Sep 242014
 
Southern Migrant Hawker

Aeshna affinis – Aeschne affine – Petite æschne, sa longueur est de 57 à 66 mm. De répartition plutôt méridionale, cette libellule de plaine est en expansion vers le nord de l’Europe.Rarement abondante sur un site quoique, au Parc du Confluent Garonne-Ariège en Haute Garonne, ses effectifs soient particulièrement importants depuis 2 ans. Elle fréquente [...]