The following seven-part article, written in August, 2012, first appeared on Malibu Patch, a local blogsite. It focused on the Snowy Plover winter roosting colony on Surfrider Beach, adjacent to Malibu Lagoon. We reprint it now to reacquaint our readers with the local history of these birds, because for the first time in over seventy […]

via Snowy Plovers of Malibu Lagoon – The Beginning — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

Snowy Plovers of Malibu Lagoon – The Beginning — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

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Curlew landing on a fence

Curlew  landing on a fence.  RSPB Cymru   The curlew is the largest European wading bird, recognisable by its long, down-curved bill and long legs  

The number of curlews in Wales has dropped by 80% since 1990 with farming practices partly to blame, a charity has said.

RSPB Cymru has called for farmers to be rewarded for creating suitable habitats for the bird when a new payments scheme comes into force after Brexit.

It is estimated only 400 breeding curlew pairs are left in Wales.

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) said nature should not be prioritised at the expense of the rural economy.

RSPB Cymru has been working on National Trust-owned land in Ysbyty Ifan, Conwy county, to restore curlew habitats.

It claims the bird’s decline was due, in part, to farming practices.

“[It is linked to] how hay is harvested as silage earlier on in the year, but there’s also been a decline in invertebrates, which is food for the curlew,” said Sabine Nouvet, an ecologist with the trust in Snowdonia and Llyn.

The Welsh Government has consulted on proposals for the agricultural payments system – due to replace the Common Agriculture Policy – and will consult further later this year.

via Decline in curlew birds as farming ‘destroys habitat’ — BBC News – UK

Decline in curlew birds as farming ‘destroys habitat’ — BBC News – UK

Birds, Migratory Birds, Uncategorized

The term waterbird is used to refer to birds that live on or around water. Waterbirds are well adapted to their aquatic lives. They have feet functioning as paddles, and their feathers are made to be waterproof and air tight. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme WaterBirds,…

via Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Waterbirds — National Geographic Society Newsroom

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Waterbirds — National Geographic Society Newsroom

Birds, Nature Photography, Photography, Wildlife Photography

Alexa, por quoi?

African Greys, Alexa, Beneath the Cage Grate, Birds, Funny, Morty, The Roost, Uncategorized

IMG_20190331_154100Do not adjust your screen!  Morty has it on good authority that Sherri’s Alexa Tablet is conspiring to ‘help’ Sherri publish new writings IN FRENCH!  It seems Morty’s Alexa, who’s always one step ahead, has passed on her mischievous (some may say devious) behaviours to Sherri’s device (what could possibly go wrong…).

Aside from Sherri’s Alexa trials, Morty also regales us on his ongoing strife with his demonic technological nemesis.  Check out April’s Morty’s Column here.

Alert: Sick Human!

Behavior, Behaviour, Birds, Bubbles, Feathered Frenzy, Parrots, Quaker Parakeets, The Roost, Uncategorized

bubbles 7-4-16In our April issue, Sherri reminds all who share their home and life with birds that when we get sick, our birds react in different, and often negative ways to our illness.  Sherri experienced a very nasty bout with two viruses over a few weeks and as she recuperated, Sherri took notice of how her illness affected Bubbles in a more direct and somewhat serious way.  Zack on the other hand was attuned such human frailties and takes moms sicknesses in relatively good stride.

While diseases are rarely shared with humans, birds can definitely share nasty bugs with us!  Read Sherri’s Feathered Frenzy article here.

It has been an exciting week! I have regularly been logging remotely onto the tawny box at Yew View and was delighted to see that our female had laid another egg, taking us up to four, for the first time! Tawnies usually lay 2-3 eggs and I feel that this 4th egg is an indication […]

via We have 4 tawny eggs and otters visiting almost every night! — www.wildlifekate.co.uk

We have 4 tawny eggs and otters visiting almost every night! — www.wildlifekate.co.uk

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Feathers vary widely in their shape and size and are one of the defining characteristics of birds. Feathers perform many functions for birds which include flight in most species, thermoregulation, waterproofing in marine species, and communication and camouflage via their colour. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of bird feathers, your pictures […]

via Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Feathers — National Geographic Blog

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Feathers — National Geographic Blog

Birds, Feathers, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photos, Wildlife Photography

In the wild, February and March may seem like the worst time for a bird to raise a family, with challenges including frigid temps, sleet, wind, and snow. But this is no ordinary bird, this is a great bird—a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). These large, thick-bodied raptors- weighing in at 2.5 to 5 pounds […]

via Early Birds Get More than the Worm — New York State Parks Blog

Early Birds Get More than the Worm — New York State Parks Blog

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