Where the Birds Are (and Why); Plus, Who Would Steal a Young Birder’s Make-a-Wish Gift?
More migration (and other) news, on the wing …
As Redgannet can probably attest, Blackcaps seem to be bypassing their traditional Spanish wintering grounds in favor of the UK, possibly because of backyard bird feeders.
On the other hand, some folks in Australia are going all out to discourage those who toss bread to waterfowl.
Using feathers, the Bird Genoscape Project is hoping to pinpoint migration routes and thereby stave off environmental issues that could lead to bird population declines.
A study of Burrowing Owls in an Argentinian city finds that the urban birds seem to fare better than their rural cousins. (Burrowing Owls in a smaller U.S. city photographed by Nate, above.)
Was the U.S. government’s decision not to declare the Greater Sage Grouse “endangered” a good thing or a bad thing? It depends on who you ask.
In related news, a rule forbidding nighttime high school football games during the nesting season for Newell’s Shearwaters has some Hawaiians throwing a challenge flag.
Lastly, kudos to the Seattle Audubon Society for stepping up when thieves threatened to ruin a teenager with cancer’s dream birding trip.