May 312016
 
Arctic foxes 'grow' their own gardens

The underground homes, often a century old, are topped with gardens exploding with lush dune grass, diamond leaf willows, and yellow wildflowers – a flash of color in an otherwise gray landscape. “They’re bright green and everything around them is just brown,” says Brian Person, a wildlife biologist for the North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska. “It pops.” He’s talking about arctic fox dens. Person has […]

May 302016
 
Tree Swallows

Tree swallows spend most of their day flying in pursuit of small aerial insects, gliding swiftly through the air and twisting and turning artistically as their blue feathers flash in the sunlight. This haiku written in 1818 by Issa, one of Japan’s foremost poets, recognizes the aerial exploits of swallow-kind: Gliding through the cloudburst so […]

May 302016
 
POLL: Should the rhino horn trade in South Africa be banned?

South Africa’s supreme court has dismissed a government bid to uphold a seven-year ban on the domestic trade in rhino horn, an industry group said this week. The decision has no bearing on a ban on international trade in rhino horn. Potential domestic buyers could include those who see rhino horn as a store of […]

May 292016
 
Pennington Marsh - 13th May

Another morning at Pennington Marshes was needed and I was on site by 06:00. It was remarkably cold for this late in the year with a north-easterly wind blowing and so I set off with fleece and gloves. Birding Efford lagoon it was apparent that the Swift, Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin were struggling […]

May 292016
 
Pizzly or grolar bear: hybrid species is result of climate change

Climate change is known for swelling the oceans and fueling extreme weather, but it may be also causing the curious emergence of a new type of bear in the Arctic. A bear shot in the frigid expanse of northern Canada is believed to be a grizzly-polar bear hybrid, a consequence of the increasing interactions between […]

May 282016
 
Tuquito gris (Crowned slaty-Flycatcher) Empidonomus aurantioatrocristatus

Este fue el segundo Tuquito gris registrado en imágenes durante la tarde del día 12 de Octubre pasado en Rincón Ombú Chico / Corrientes en horas de la tarde mientras estábamos regresando hacia Posadas. Este en particular descansaba cómodamente perchando en el alambre mas cercano al suelo al costado del camino, permaneció en el lugar […]

May 272016
 
Deadly Brain Disease Is Driving Swamp Birds Insane

It’s not easy to make a living as a bird of prey, especially if you’re a Florida snail kite. Once at risk of starvation due to declines in its favored prey, the endangered bird is now facing a terrifying threat: a deadly disease that drives birds insane. True to its name, the foot-long snail kite […]

May 262016
 
Spring Migration Update

More and more birds are arriving in the north woods now. On Thursday the 12th I had my first hummingbird of the season along with a Least Flycatcher and Black-and-white Warblers in my own yard, and I’ve had a few warblers here and there. A few Yellow-rumps and several Pine Warblers were on territory on […]

May 262016
 
POLL: Can there be too many eagles?

There can never be too many eagles, right? The comeback of northern Europe’s largest bird of prey could challenge that notion. Some scientists are worried that the white-tailed, or sea, eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), which has recovered from near-extinction in the 1980s, poses a new threat to other at-risk birds. There are now as many as […]

May 252016
 
I did my flies up

Yesterday was Norway’s National Day which sees a lot of flag waving, hot dog and ice cream eating, general celebration and the consumption of vast quantities of champagne. Whilst imbibing by second glass of champagne I gazed skyward and saw a very high and very large bird. Its jizz did not fit with Crane, heron […]