The last 5 days we have been downhill skiing at Trysil. Birding wise it was dire and in stark contrast to last year when Hawk Owls were a regular sight both from the chair lifts and whilst skiing. On the drive back today I had a quick stop at the floodlands at Starene where there […]
We wish to thank you, our earth mother. You are our world. There is no other. Thank you for how you sustain. The sky,seas, desert, forests snows and rain. So please earth mother, dry your tears. There are many who love and appreciate You, here. Who will never stop protecting This paradise we were given, […]
A cassowary – a large, flightless bird native to Australia and Papua New Guinea – has killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell. The fire rescue department in Alachua county told the Gainesville Sun newspaper the cassowary killed the man on Friday on his property near Gainesville, in the north of […]
A couple of year ticks today in the form of the American Wigeon and an Osprey at Rutland Water. The Wigeon took a little work finding it but the Osprey was easy. Rutland has twenty one Osprey this year with a slight in balance of male to female. I’m told eight pairs have been formed […]
At Colorado State University (CSU), experimenters led by Gregory Ebel have been capturing wild birds—healthy robins, crows, and sparrows—and infecting them with deadly viruses. In CSU labs, these birds as well as hundreds of newly hatched chicks are infected with West Nile virus (WNV) to observe its spread through their bodies and the way it […]
No noticeable change in the bird life today although I did enjoy 3 Snow Buntings on one of the last snow decked fields in Maridalen but these could well have been around for a while. There was less wind today which I hoped would produce some raptor movement but I hoped in vain.
At least one trophy hunter, it seems, is admitting what we already knew: Killing gives him a “great thrill.” Ron Thomson of Zimbabwe has purportedly slaughtered thousands of animals, including 40 leopards, 50 hippos, 60 lions, 800 buffaloes, and 5,000 elephants. And he admits that he “didn’t have any sentiment” and is “totally unrepentant.” Thomson […]
Whilst birding Tanoumah in the southwestern mountains I found an African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus eximiuscarry food for it young. African Pipit is a little known bird in Saudi Arabia where the subspecies is endemic to the southwest part of Saudi Arabia and nearby Yemen. There are three specimens from Saudi Arabia at the Natural History Museum, […]