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Patient in Focus: Brown Pelican 0A2 Late last month we released a young Brown Pelican who came to us in 2019! This bird was found in Half Moon Bay, CA, in December standing around looking dazed on a beach, ignoring dogs running up to him. After his rescue, he was brought to our San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center for care.
Albatross Stories welcomes a new star Bird Island is the place to be! As always, it is go go go down on South Georgia - although it is particularly the case at this time of year. Home to four out of the world's 22 albatross species, there is always something going on due to their extensive and varied breeding cycles!
Portuguese Rarities Committee Report We've finally published the next report from the Portuguese Rarities Committee which mainly covers records from 2013 and 2014. Links to all our reports HERE. Direct link to Volume 11 HERE: This is the Birdlife Partner, official report that our local Azores report feeds into.
Naked Birding To be clear, when I say naked I refer to the lack of glass….no Bins, No scope and no camera! I walked the length of the ditch again today down towards the motorway and this time ventured into the woodland at the end of the path. Taking this as my daily exercise I'm not taking any glass with me and it feels good to be honest.
Book Review I'm due for a couple of new books soon from Princeton University Press and their WildGuides series. With all that's going on there could be delays to bring my readers new book reviews. For today's post I raided the archive again with an earlier book review from 26 June 2014.
Here Come The Baby Birds! Dear Bird Rescue Supporter,. Our doors are still open for wildlife and that's a good thing. Baby bird season is quickly upon us and we will need your help to keep them fed and cared for! We need to raise $5,000 and if you donate today your donation will be DOUBLED by an anonymous donor!
On the Tools Even though we are not getting any government bail outs the one good thing about working while most other people are in lockdown is that the roads are very quiet and there's no traffic. I went out on the tools today to get some more photos for our websites and social media.
Hello, Goodbye Bird migrations are often like the Beatles' song, "Hello, Goodbye". Thankfully in spring, it is more Hello than Goodbye. Many of us will say "goodbye" to juncos, but soon we'll say "hello" to many more birds like grosbeaks and orioles and hummingbirds.
Protecting the forest giants On the remote African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, conservationists are using education and storytelling to protect a unique snail and the forest it lives in – before it gets forgotten forever.
Lockdown expansion For the first time in a couple of weeks I've ventured out to take advantage of my "exercise walk". I'm lucky to have a little stream at the end of the road that takes me to some arable land and a small woodland but in all honesty I haven't walked it since my dear old dog left this world back in February 2017.
Birds and the Homeless Problem In 2011, animal control authorities confiscated 18 pigeons, a crow, and a gull from a homeless man in Los Angeles who kept them in cages. The pigeons, diseased and dirty, were euthanized and the gull and crow sent to bird rehabilitators.
Ordering Through Amazon? Use Our Smile Link We always encourage folks to shop local when they can, but for many of you during the COVID-19 pandemic, online ordering has been one of the safest ways to shop. So if you're ordering through Amazon can we ask you a favor? Use the AmazonSmile program link and the retailer will donate a portion of your purchases to us.
Lockdown update Whilst filling the feeders this morning I managed an addition to the Lockdown list when two drake Mallards flew low over the garden.
Boxed In We're not so much boxed in. More like locked in and fastened down until the experts say it's safe to go outdoors. I doubt we'll get to check nest boxes in 2020. Here's a previous visit to nest boxes at Oakenclough at the foot of the Pennine Hills back in the early summer of 31 May 2015.
BCR 198: Bruce Beehler, Ph.D., Natural Encounters Is an ornithologist, naturalist, conservationist, author, and lecturer. He is a research associate in the division of birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He served as a scientist and conservationist for the Smithsonian Institution, Conservation International, U.S.
Wedding Anniversary Memories! Contact me at Love to you both up there, amongst the stars, hand in hand forever Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest If you would like to donate a small monthly fee for the upkeep of my blog, it would be very much appreciated.
80's - Imagination - Just an Illusion 1982 Contact me at Danced to this in a competition at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, I was aged 18!!! Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest If you would like to donate a small monthly fee for the upkeep of my blog, it would be very much appreciated.
The Brothers Johnson - Stomp! Swarovski VPA Universal Smartphone Adapter + AR-S Adapter Ring for scope + AR-B Adapter Ring for binoculars.
Hayla - Naked – Best Dance Tune Out There! Contact me at I watched Hayla live at the LCR, UEA - she was supporting EXAMPLE who I saw on the 4th March 2020, she has an incredible voice!!! Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest If you would like to donate a small monthly fee for the upkeep of my blog, it would be very much appreciated.
Reviving the fen: therapy for Europe's lungs in Belarus Do you know what fens are? They are one of the main types of wetlands, and usually have peaty alkaline soil and characteristic flora. Fens are natural habitats: a precious home to nature. Unfortunately, some fens are at risk of being drained for farming, threatening both biodiversity and the climate.
Project Partial Lockdown Unfortunately Rishi's bail out package for the self employed didn't include limited company owners who pay dividends or self employed people who have absorbed their profits or only been self employed recently so on those bomb shells we have to choose between plague and poverty so are being forced to carry on working.
A quick addition to the lock down list A Saprrowhawk circling high over the garden today with a Red Kite for company gave me another Lockdown garden tick bringing the total to 28. And an excuse to post an old image of a Sparrowhawk in the garden. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest The views expressed are entirely those of the author.
Crossbill A week or so prior to the lockdown I took a drive out to a site I know in Macclesfield Forest, to look for some Crossbills, Siskins and Lesser Redpoll. I'd tried a couple of weeks earlier but with no luck, so was crossing my fingers. It was classic weather conditions for this area at this time of year.
Home Birding An extract from an email all ringers received this week."BTO SURVEYS IN THE WIDER COUNTRYSIDE". "Following the Government statement on 23 March, our Senior Leadership Team has reviewed the BTO advice and is asking all volunteers to follow the guidelines presented by the Prime Minister.
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