According to an article in last week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have discovered five species (Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Orchard Oriole, Hooded Oriole, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Cassin’s Vireo) of migratory songbirds that breed once in the Western United States, then again in Mexico. A good article summarizing the research can be found at . . . → Read More: Two breeding seasons for migratory songbirds?
Florida’s development community has admitted that their recent effort to downlist the Wood Stork from federal Endangered status to Threatened is merely the first step in an attempt to get them removed from protection by the ESA completely. Read the story in the Sun-Sentinel, or follow the jump to the next page for a few . . . → Read More: FL developers seek to downlist Wood Stork
According to this report in the Palm Beach Post, UF researchers have discovered that mockingbirds on their campus are able to recognize individual humans who have posed a threat to their nest. It’s very interesting reading; check it out! Since hyperlinks tend to die after time, I’m quoting some of the most interesting bits after . . . → Read More: Mockingbirds recognize individual humans
ASE member John Shelly reports that Snail Kites are nesting again at the Marsh Trail. Here is his report from FL-Birds:
Yesterday mid morning I decided to check to see if the Snail Kites were nesting again in the second impoundment to the south of the Marsh Trail at the Lee Rd. entrance to the . . . → Read More: Snail Kites nesting at the refuge, again
Birds seen on this weekend’s (1/17 and 1/18) field trip to Shark Valley and Corkscrew; 75 species in all:
Pied-billed Grebe American White Pelican Brown Pelican Double-crested Cormorant
. . . → Read More: Field Trip: Shark Valley/Corkscrew bird list
For the first time in a couple of years, the Wood Stork colony at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is initiating nesting. According to Monday’s Naples News, more than 60 nests with eggs have been spotted, and over 300 more birds are courting and/or building nests. This is great news, indeed! For the full article, follow . . . → Read More: Wood Storks nesting at Corkscrew
The Florida FWC has just come out with their latest issue of Kite Tails, the newsletter about the Great Florida Birding Trail. The hi-res version of the newsletter can be had here; for a text-only copy, try this link instead. Both links require Acrobat Reader.
While you’re there, try the interactive trip planner; it uses . . . → Read More: Great Florida Birding Trail Newsletter
A small but adventuresome group of ASErs gathered in the parking lot of Yamato Scrub Natural Area for a nature walk/bird walk this Saturday. The trip, scheduled in the summer, was billed as a nature walk, because Yamato Scrub, while a lovely little site, isn’t the birdiest place in town. But late in September, it . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Yamato Scrub, 12/20/08
This just in from the FWC:
Dr. James Rotenberg with the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is participating in the NC component of a range-wide project monitoring wintering Painted Buntings and would like to expand his winter feeder watch program to include Florida. He has about 2000 Painted Buntings . . . → Read More: FWC seeks help monitoring Painted Buntings
From the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology comes this plea for help from birders in the Sunshine State. Let’s do our part!
Calling All Florida Bird Watchers More eyes needed to tally state birds Ithaca, NY– Bird watchers in Florida are fortunate to have an amazing diversity of birds to observe, from the stunningly beautiful, rainbow-colored . . . → Read More: Cornell Lab needs your help
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com . . . → Read More: Ivory-billed Woodpecker Presentation at Blowing Rocks Preserve
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.
. . . → Read More: Ducks Overflying Midwest; Breeding Farther North in 2008
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