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Birdchick Podcast #114: Stowaway Birds & Illegally Raising Wild Baby Birds With Cats #birding

Bird stowaway on a plane goes all the way across the Pacific.

Can’t wait til US Fish and Wildlife and ABC’s Cat’s Indoors! Campaign sees this: woman raising baby robin with her cats…I suspect she’s not a licensed wildlife rehabber. (This is a terrible idea, if this bird ever gets released, it will not associate cats as predators…not all cats are so relaxed with birds, this story will not end well).

Guy taking pictures of eagles manages to get all the numbers on an eagle band and id where the bird came from–cool follow up story.

As if bird names weren’t confusing enough, birders and ornithologists like to argue about whether or not to capitalize bird names.

Oh and for those trying to follow Non Birding Bill’s squirrel/bubonic plague story…um…it was actually either a cat or a mouse that infected the man as he was trying to save a mouse from a stray cat…yeah, I know, it’s weird.  Read the full story here.

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4 comments to Birdchick Podcast #114: Stowaway Birds & Illegally Raising Wild Baby Birds With Cats #birding

  • Glad you guys are still alive! I was about to start a social media group to demand the return of the BirdChick podcasts.

  • mthgordon

    On the subject of bird names, I was taught that the generic name should always be capitalized, the specific name should never be capitalized, and that both should be italicized if possible. For publications, there are plenty of reasons to compile a style guide, and the preferred capitalization of (common) names is something that deserves mention in that context, assuming anyone cares strongly enough. If an editor wants you to follow a publication’s preferred style in writing an article, then that should be specified in advance.

    Bill: “its” is the neuter analogue of “his” and “her” (and “hers”). The distinction between “its” and “it’s” is exactly the same as the distinction between “whose” and “who’s.” Personal pronouns in English never take apostrophes to indicate possession; instead, they’re declined in the genitive case. Apostrophes are only used in contractions and to indicate possession in nouns and impersonal pronouns, which have no genitive declension. Is it any clearer now?

  • I have this music video that features this bird and I cant identify it can youhelp me out
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLFLVwflFvg

  • Its really interesting post, thanks for sharing it
    Lesley Smith