Poll: Should UK towns and cities be allowed to clip seagulls’ wings?

Kebab-stealing seagulls could have their wings clipped after George Osborne set aside £250,000 of budget funding to stop their scavenging raids on British towns and cities. Part of the chancellor’s plan to get Britain “walking tall” involves more research into the aggressive behaviour of urban gulls, which the Treasury said had become widespread. The Liberal […]

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Crested Caracara Portrait

This morning I drove out to Brumley Rd looking for birds to add to my year list. Top on my list were Summer Tanager (missed), Red-eyed Vireo (found), and Yellow-throated Vireo (found). But perhaps the best moment of the morning was when this Crested Caracara flew up on a fence post. It was so close, […]

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Newly discovered Brazilian bird may number fewer than 10 individuals

In October 2002, a team of ornithologists at Murici in northeastern Brazil observed and recorded the call of a bird. At that time, the team believed they had chanced upon a rare bird previously described by other researchers as the Alagaos foliage-gleaner (Philydor novasei). “But then the bird vocalized!” Dante Renato Corrêa Buzzetti, an independent […]

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Ruddy Turnstone

I see ruddy turnstones in the nicest places — ocean beaches, mud flats, jetties, rocky shores, and boat docks. There are usually a few of them around New York and New Jersey in winter. I saw these in Cape May, New Jersey. They can be found wintering on the coasts of five other continents, too: […]

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Perijá Tapaculo: New Bird Species Discovered in Colombia, Venezuela

An international group of ornithologists led by Dr Jorge Enrique Avendaño of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá has described a new species of tapaculo from humid montane and elfin forests (1,600–3,225 m elevation) of Colombia and Venezuela. The tapaculos are a group of passeriform birds in the family Rhinocryptidae. Most species are found […]

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Sparrows at Hal Scott Preserve

On Saturday I visited Hal Scott Preserve to look for Red-cockaded and Hairy Woodpeckers. I found both, but too early in the morning for photos. Later in the morning Eastern Towhees and Bachman’s Sparrows decided to put on a show. They are such pretty birds I couldn’t help but stop and take a few portraits. […]

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VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 28 Mar 2015

Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image: Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea) perched on a branch in Manu National Park, Peru by Glenn Bartley Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the […]

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Rembrandt’s monkey: good news for Africa’s newest primate

It all started with Georgette’s pet monkey. Deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rainforest, in the remote village of Opala, a team of researchers noticed a little girl with a strange-looking monkey on a leash in 2007. The girl, Georgette, told the scientists it was called ‘lesula,’ but no one had heard of […]

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Thousands of geese fall from Idaho sky in likely avian cholera outbreak

Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said on Monday. Dozens of Idaho department of fish and game workers and volunteers at the weekend retrieved and incinerated carcasses […]

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