This Is For The Birds

This Is For The Birds

Monday, October 28, 2013


I’m looking at five male Northern Cardinals in my feeder tree. Just two weeks ago this could never have happened. They had been aggressive toward one another since the onset of spring: chasing one another from the feeders, from the tree, males chasing males, and females only slightly less tolerant of one another. With the imminent approach of winter, they’re starting to get along with one another. They are actually quietly, peacefully taking turns on the feeders.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

BIRDS IN THE NEWS: 10/06/2013

Colonizing Songbirds Lost Sense of Syntax
Sep. 26, 2013 — As one species of European songbird island-hopped to colonize mid-Atlantic archipelagoes over the course of a half million years, their songs lost their sense of syntax.

Cheats of the Bird World: Cuckoo Finches Fool Host Parents
Sep. 24, 2013 — Cuckoo finches that lay more than one egg in their victims' nests have a better chance of bamboozling host parents into fostering their parasitic young, a study has found.

'Shy' Male Birds Flock Together -- And Have Fewer Friends
Sep. 18, 2013 — Male birds that exhibit 'shy' social behaviour are much more likely to join flocks of birds with a similar personality than their 'bold' male counterparts, a new study has found. But shy birds also have fewer social partners than bold birds.

New Noisy Bird Discovered in Busy City
June 26, 2013 — Despite its loud call, a new bird species has only just been discovered in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh, scientists announced yesterday (June 25).

Say Hello to the Junco/Ordinary Extraordinary Junco Video
June 19, 2013 — Watch the trailer, go to “Read More”, then go to “Videos”.