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Summer holidays have started! As usual we are spending the first week just south of Oslo before hopefully we head north to our cabin above the Arctic Circle in Bodø (although plans are fluid). Birding normally takes a real back seat this week and my nature interest focuses on butterlies. There are of course always birds to see and with southerly winds I thought something may turn up on (or over) the sea and I usually manage a nocturnal trip or two. Butterflies seem to be in short supply this year although the season may just be delayed. Fritillaries are definitely scarce and I have only noted one species so far (have seen 8 species in total here previously). I have again noted Green-underside Blue (kløverblåvinge) which was new when we visited a month ago and a female was laying eggs. Not quite a butterfly but actually even better was my first ever broad-bordered bee hawk-moth (bredkantet humlesvermer). I was quite sure I saw one buzzing past me last year but this time got to see a nectaring individual really well. I’ll come back to the butterflies once the week is over and will concentrate now on the birding and nocturnal action. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker nest was difficult to avoid with very hungry and noisy young hanging out of the hole. Only one pair of Red-backed Shrikes has revealed themselves (the area here has previously proven to be good for the species) but a pair of Spotted Flycatchers nesting in the gutter of the cabin have provided entertainment. Over the sea there was one special sighting with an enormous flock (at least 750) of Common Scoter that flew around late one evening like a murmuration of Starlings continually changing the shape of the flock before heading north. I assume they are non breeding birds but it is difficult to explain this behaviour in the second half of June. A necessary trip back into Oslo on Tuesday allowed me to hear a Spotted Crake at Østensjøvannet was followed by a late return trip once the football was finished on TV. Sightings from the car of moose, fox and many roe deer enthused Jr and she joined me the next evening for a proper nocturnal trip. The moon was as good as full making conditions ideal and of mammals we noted 16 roe deer, 2 moose, a fox, 2 cats… and (only) 3 bats and a heard only singing Quail and best of all a roadside Nightjar topped the avian list. The Nightjar was fantastic and flew along and even landed on the road - a return trip is already planned. One of the moose also crossed the road just in front of the car. Nightjar (nattravn) taken at 00:21 with ISO 25600. The red eye is reflecting the autofocus light The Common Scoter (svartand) flock Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (dvergspett) Spotted Flycatcher (gråfluesnapper) nest Adult flycatcher with food for young The broad-bordered bee hawk-moth (bredkantet humlesvermer)

BOU funding supports new ornithological discoveries by student researchers The post BOU supports student-led research appeared first on British Ornithologists' Union.

The African Penguin Spheniscus demersus (Endangered) population is decreasing rapidly, primarily due to a lack of food. A shift in fish stocks away from historic feeding grounds on the west coast as well as competition with the fishing industry have meant that African Penguins breeding on the west coast of South Africa especially, are struggling to find […]

It has been nearly nine months since we launched our appeal to save Africa's vultures. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received, which is already making real change for these magnificent birds of prey. Here’s an update on what your donations have helped us to achieve so far.

Water delivered through the desiccated channel will benefit the environment.

It’s an almost universal feeling: the thrill of hearing a mysterious new bird song. And it’s usually followed up by the question: What was that bird? Today, the question got much easier: the Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID app can now identify bird sounds. At the time of the initial launch, Merlin can recognize the... View Article

The endangered subspecies has been in trouble for two decades, but recent data suggests the bird's population is booming in the wild.

23. jun. 2021 kl. 11:00
Learn how to pick a perfect “patch,” a spot for regular birding, and learn about the ways birds rely on important resources like food and water.

The North American mockingbird is famous for its ability to imitate the song of other birds. But it doesn’t just mimic its kindred species, it actually composes its own songs based on other birds’ melodies. An interdisciplinary research team has now worked out how exactly the mockingbird constructs its imitations. The scientists determined that the […]

I'm falling into a rather repetative pattern in recent days with the morning beginning by checking the moth trap followed by a walk down to the beach for gulls and attempting a seawatch if the conditions...

Hej alle, og velkommen til dagens blogindlæg. Nu skal i bare høre. Vi stod tidligt op og åbnede nettene ved kabeltromlen med forhåbninger om fugle, dem kom der dog ikke mange af. Tilgengæld kom der...

When it comes to feeding birds, buying a window hummingbird feeder is one of the BEST things you can do. I love being able to sit in my kitchen, enjoying coffee, and watching the little hummers come up to the window. Unless I make a sudden movement, they have no idea that I’m just a few feet away watching them enjoy their nectar. Even […] The post The 5 Best WINDOW Hummingbird Feeders (That Work!) appeared first on Bird Watching HQ.

Line 3, a comparable project to the canceled Keystone XL pipeline, runs counter to the president's stated climate and environmental goals.

By expanding seabird conservation internationally, this move would level the playing field for U.S. fisheries.

An update from Nigel Jarrett and team It’s been awhile since the last update on the spoon-billed sandpiper population at WWT Slimbridge not least because 2020 was a year of ups and downs, and another when we learned more about the ex situ management of this special species. We went into the 2020 breeding season with potentially four adult breeding pairs and one adult male, all aged eight or nine years, and the two immature, 2019-hatched, males. The weeks leading up to the breeding season looked promising for some birds: singing was regular throughout the day and tension was building within and between the sexes as breeding plumage was quickly acquired. Since the start of 2019 the Slimbridge birds had started to develop age-related ailments, particularly during the stressful times of the annual cycle such as when moulting and breeding. Previously our vets had discovered a high level of a particular fungi in the gut biota during routine screening. Although this fungi is naturally occurring an imbalance or build-up can worsen the health condition of an aged or stressed bird leading to full-blown disease and death. On 25th March 2020 pairs of birds ‘migrated’ to their breeding aviaries. One of these pairs had just completed a strong course of medication to combat the fungal gut infection. Singing continued, with the males standing on their mounds trying to ‘out-sing’ their neighbours. One pair in particular looked promising early on, both being quite dominant birds. Very sadly one of the birds died on the 2nd April; the mother of the chicks bred in 2019. Fervent singing continued and became more frequent towards the end of April, but sadly another bird, this time a male of another pair, died on the 27th. Post mortem examination revealed that the fungal infection was a key factor in this male’s death. One of the unpaired males was moved in with the female to make a new pair. This now meant that every pairing in 2020 was ‘new’. We hadn’t given up hope but history shows new pairs at Slimbridge do not breed in their first year together. Although at the start of May the singing reached a peak, with some competitive frog calling between two of the males, this quickly waned mid-month and sadly, another male died on the 17th May. Fungal infection was a key factor in this bird’s demise as well. By the end of June it was clear the birds were no longer in breeding mode and were put back together as a wintering flock. We entered the 2021 breeding season with five adult males (now including the 2019 hatched birds reaching breeding age) and two females. Sadly the third remaining female died in January this year from complicated health issues coupled with the fungi infection. We continue to endeavour to manage the birds so they are as comfortable and as healthy as possible. We look forward to sharing our 2021 breeding season with you soon.

22. jun. 2021 kl. 08:45
Siberian Jays are group living birds within the corvid family that employ a wide repertoire of calls to warn each other of predators. Sporadically, however, birds use one of these calls to trick their neighbouring conspecifics and gain access to their food. Researchers from the universities of Konstanz (Germany), Wageningen (Netherlands), and Zurich (Switzerland) have […]

I lang tid har det blitt satt ut fasaner og rapphøns fra oppdrett i norsk natur. Men nå er det slutt. Etter av utsettingene ble klaget inn for Sivilombudsmannen, er det slått fast at dyrevelferd skal vurderes før de nødvendige offentlige tillatelsene blir gitt. Miljødirektoratet finner det ikke forsvarlig å sette ut fuglene.

With a new protected area and a campaign to remove invasive mice, there have been many recent advances in the conservation of this Critically Endangered albatross. But our work isn’t over yet. Discover the measures in place to safeguard the species – and the gaps that still need to be filled.

The title of the blog doesn't lie. There truly was only one moth in the trap last night! This was a dramatic reduction on recent evenings which have often produced triple figure counts. This was in a large...

Hi folks! :) I hope you had a great weekend! As you know, ringing officially stopped on the 20th, so no ringing this morning. Instead, Jonas planned on going on a sound-listening walk which Taïma and...

Ph.D candidate Juita Martinez sat on the porch overlooking her Louisiana backyard, virtually chatting with fellow birder Deja Perkins and the hundred or so people who had tuned in to watch the Instagram livestream event Backyard Bird Feeders & Photography, part of the third day of Black Birders Week 2021. The video feed had crashed... View Article

Photographer Chris Linder captured Brood X cicadas as they tunneled out of the earth, burst from their shells, and were devoured by birds.

In Europe, we have lost 57 percent of farmland birds in just 40 years. How? The ponds, trees and hedges that once characterised our agricultural landscapes have been taken over by huge intensive farms, which leave no space for natural habitats – no space for life. It's time for change.

Allopreening between pairs of Black-browed Albatross may help them coordinate their care The post Does albatross allopreening aid parental coordination? appeared first on British Ornithologists' Union.

Scientists have long speculated that falcons’ eye markings improve their ability to target fast-moving prey, like pigeons and doves, in bright sunlight. Now research suggests these markings have evolved according to the climate; the sunnier the bird’s habitat, the larger and darker are the tell-tale dark ‘sun-shade’ feathers. The distinctive dark stripes directly beneath the […]