Field Trip Report: Spanish River, October 11

12 people attended ASE’s Spanish River field trip on Saturday, October 11. The bird (family) of the day was the falcon: at least 3 perched Peregrine Falcons, in addition to several other flyers-by, afforded our birders excellent views of this magnificent species. There were also perched (and flying) Merlins, and a soaring Kestrel, making for . . . → Read More: Field Trip Report: Spanish River, October 11

The whoopers are coming

Press release from Fish & Wildlife:

Eighth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida

On October 17, 2008, Fourteen young whooping cranes began their ultralight-led migration from central Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and traveled five miles. Wind and rain has grounded the cranes in Juneau County, Wisconsin, for . . . → Read More: The whoopers are coming

Least Grebe at Yamato Scrub

A pair of Least Grebes have begun nesting at Yamato Scrub in Boca Raton. These birds are extremely rare in Florida (only 6 records in over 100 years), although they do occur on Hispaniola and in Texas and Mexico/Baja California.

These are nesting birds, and as such, should not be closely approached. If you do . . . → Read More: Least Grebe at Yamato Scrub

Birding classes

We are very excited about this year’s slate of birding classes, back by popular demand after several years without them. We have two excellent teachers lined up, Paddy Cunningham, who taught an excellent set of classes for us last year, and Clive Pinnock, of Okeeheelee Nature Center, recently returned to ASE’s board.

Paddy will be . . . → Read More: Birding classes

Urban birds

The latest issue of Birdscope, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, focuses on cities and birds. The cover article posed the issue in a way I hadn’t thought of before, but which makes perfect sense: the more we humans can live happily in cities (the editors don’t develop that thought, which merits a long pause), . . . → Read More: Urban birds

Birds migrating earlier

According to a report that I missed back in June, many species of birds that migrate along the east coast of the United States are arriving earlier than they have in the past. The interesting part: it’s short-distance migrants only. Birds like the Red Knot or the Great-crested Flycatcher, which migrate from South America, are . . . → Read More: Birds migrating earlier

Great Florida Birding Trail Newsletter

From the staff at the GFBT (and thanks to Cynthia for forwarding!):

Greetings from the Great Florida Birding Trail!

We are spreading the word about our good news! We are very excited to inform you that the Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT) newsletter will be back this fall! It was last printed in 2005, but . . . → Read More: Great Florida Birding Trail Newsletter

Ivory-billed Woodpecker Presentation at Blowing Rocks Preserve

David Luneau, of the University of Arkansas, will speak at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, about his personal experience of the controversial search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas’ Cache River National Wildlife Refuge.

Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. Please call Linda Finch at (561) 744-6668 X101 or email at . . . → Read More: Ivory-billed Woodpecker Presentation at Blowing Rocks Preserve

Ducks Overflying Midwest; Breeding Farther North in 2008

According to today’s press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, numbers of breeding ducks in the prairie regions of the United States were down in 2008 compared to 2007. The report covers 58 years (1955-2008) and is available on the FWS website here as a PDF file.

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Warbler Study Asks Fundamental Questions

According to a press release this week from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, some of the tiniest birds in North America can help answer some of the largest questions in the biological sciences: how do species evolve? In a new study, Density-dependent diversification in North American wood warblers, Dan Rabosky and Irby Lovette examined 25 . . . → Read More: Warbler Study Asks Fundamental Questions

Avian Phylogenomics

What looks like a typo in the title of this entry is actually not. If you’re familiar with phylogenetics, now’s the time to get ready for phylogenomics. That’s right; a taxonomy of the genome, not just the gene. An article published in last month’s Science makes the recent revises to avian taxonomy . . . → Read More: Avian Phylogenomics