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Sam Crowe on April 21st, 2019

Birds can fly because they have low weight and lots of power. Their feathers, wings, hollow bones, warm bloodedness, powerful breast muscles, and a strong heart all contribute to this ability. Last week, we discussed body weight and feathers. This week we cover: Strong Body SystemsThe avian repertory system includes a unique system of five […]

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The woodcock is a strange little “shorebird” of moist woodlands. Here is how it is described in the Bent Life History series. “This mysterious hermit of the alders, this recluse of the boggy thickets, this wood nymph of crepuscular habits is a common bird and well distributed in our Eastern States, widely known, but not […]

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Sam Crowe on February 18th, 2019

For some birds color is for camouflage.  For others, it is used to attract the right mate.  Even baby birds use color to get their needs met.  The inside of the mouth of many baby birds is bright red, a visual cue for the parents to feed them.  As the babies grow and become independent, […]

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Sam Crowe on September 21st, 2018

(From The Birding Community E-Bulletin) On 13 April of this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced the successful recovery of the Black-capped Vireo, thus removing the species from Endangered Species List protection for this once-beleaguered species. Thirty years ago, the population was down to only about 350 individuals. Today, however, there are […]

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Sam Crowe on August 6th, 2018

Birding Products Showcase to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Birders interested in a hands-on experience with the latest binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras will have the opportunity to do so at the American Birding Expo. This year’s event will be held September 21-23rd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Admission is $10.00. The American Birding […]

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Sam Crowe on July 5th, 2018

The 2018 Whooping Crane nesting survey on Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada located 86 nests. This is the second highest count on record with a total of 98 nests counted in 2017. Rhona Kindott, Manager of Resource Conservation told Friends of the Wild Whoopers that the nesting survey was conducted during May 25 through May […]

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Sam Crowe on May 21st, 2018

Scientists now believe they have identified a new species of a Bird-of-Paradise. Watch this terrific video to see if you agree.

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Sam Crowe on May 7th, 2018

The BirdCast web site provides projected information on on areas of high migration intensity. The forecasts powered by 23 years of radar observations and the most recent North American Mesoscale weather forecast.  Migration forecasts show predicted nocturnal migration 3 hours after local sunset and are updated every 6 hours.

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Sam Crowe on April 22nd, 2018

A comprehensive photographic guide to the world’s gull species

. This new guide is an excellent resource for anyone honing their identification skills for this often confusing group of birds.   The descriptive text is well-written and informative.  Range maps for each species are included, including migration patterns of most species. The images are only average, many […]

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Sam Crowe on April 4th, 2018

Wisdom, The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, a mother again at 67! Wisdom is a Laysan Albatross that nests on Midway Island at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. She has been nesting there since 1956 since she was banded by Chan Robbins. After two months of incubation the newest albatross hatched on February 6th.  […]

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