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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Late fall through early spring is a great time to look for abandoned bird nests in our parks. These nests provided homes for young birds last year and are so well built that they have lasted through the harshest of winter weather When you come upon a nest during your hike, there are a few […]
You may be surprised to learn that there are not one, but four different checklists of all the birds in the world. As you will read below, out of a current total 11,524 extant and recently extinct species, the four lists agree on 9,968 (86.5%) of them, leaving 1556 species considered by some but not […]
Ruby-throated Hummingbird © HJ Ruiz – Avian101
The March edition of News On The Wing is chock full of interesting and important information, collected from social media over the last month. Articles reflect wildlife and conservation issues affecting species and ecosystems around the world.
Some issues are hard and troubling while some, like the following from Twitter’s @scamperspets share an important message in a very endearing way.
“I think this little poem about one of our most fabulous native animals says everything needed about why the humble #hedgehog needs all of our love and care.”
Yellow-crowned Night Heron © HJ Ruiz – Avian101
Cheeks is back and as cute as ever! See what our favorite cartoon cockatiel is up to by visiting our It’s A Birb Thing page here.