Non Birding Bill and I are going to experiment with a longer podcast this week. We are opening a show that is a paroday of The Love Boat at the Bryant Lake Bowl this week and chances are good we will not be able to keep up with doing three shows this week. Let us know if you would like this to be shorter and more often or once a week and longer. You can follow me on Twitter @Birdchick (ask me bird questions) and you can follow NBB @bstiteler (do NOT ask him bird questions). You can always email me sharon at birdchick dot com or connect with me via Facebook here.
Non Birding Bill's great horned owl butt he took holding his iPhone up to my Swarovski ELs:
Speaking of Swarovski Optik, have you seen Pete Dunne's review of their new 10x50 and 12x50 ELs. He loves 'em!
In today's podcast, we talk about some of my favorite online birding pranks for April 1, 2011 as well as one of my all time favorite bird pranks--that still gets traffic today.
This year's top pranks:
I think Non Birding Bill will love this: Discount Bird Calls
American Birding Association Checklist Changes
Earth, Wind and Water Blog announces plans for ESPN8 to host American Birding Big Day tv show (I totally fell for this one)
Win a Free birding trip to Thailand with David Sibley and ABA President Jeff Gordon at 10,000 Birds
A prank I aided in pulling with another blogger who wishes to remain anonymous (but if you buy me a single malt scotch at a Birds and Beers, I'll gladly verbally out this person) about the "rediscovery" of a Carolina Parakeet.
This unfortunately is not a prank. An Arkansas Delta flight hit a flock of birds. They were not identifiable according to the news article, but I think many birders can see from the photos (WARNING GRAPHIC) that they are American white pelicans based on the upper bill, yellow skin in front of the bill and black wing tips.
We mentioned the oil spill threatening rockhopper penguins on an island chain located halfway between Africa and Argentina in the podcast a couple of weeks ago and in more hopeful news, there are at least 5000 penguins that have been gathered for rescue. The death toll so far appears to be 300 penguins but it sounds like state officials and local volunteers are working as hard as they can to help this breeding colony. Here's a great video of one of the first people on the scene...it's sad to note that the penguins are not the only ones affected by the spill. If you want to help, send money to International Bird Rescue Research Center.
Dacorah Live Bald Eagle Cam gets so much traffic with chick hatching that it crashes the site. Here are highlights of the hatching. Early on you can see the beaks "pipping" out of the eggs and by the end there's a floofy eaglet. You can try and watch the live cam here...if it's not too overloaded with traffic. It is nice to have on as background to your work day--it's excellent video quality and the sounds of surrounding birds is awesome. Here's a screen shot from Sunday night and you can see quite the buffet: rabbit feet, crow and a fish:
Feathers are in the news twice:
Using chicken feathers as a basis for plastics?
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