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Late Spring Snow

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So a couple of seeks ago we had some snow in April in Minnesota and people freaked out about birds. Yeah, I know I live in Minnesota and we get a ton of snow, but snow in April is brutal even for us. But people worried because we had a ton of robins in our [...]

Birds and Electrocution

Electrocuted Hawk and Squirrel

Well I had two very interesting things hit my inbox that are somewhat related. One is kind of a gruesome photo but fascinating:

The above photo was taken by Lili Taylor (woman after my own heart, she takes pictures of dead stuff). In the photo, we have a dead squirrel and a dead raptor [...]

Yes, I’ve Seen The Golden Eagle Attacks Kid Video. Yes, It’s Fake

If you were not on social media last night, you may have missed this discussion. But if you are remotely into birds, especially birds of prey, someone will send you this video:

WARNING IF WATCHING THIS AT WORK. THERE IS A SWEAR WORD.

Yes. Fake.

And in case you still don’t believe that this [...]

Incredible Bluebird Video

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We installed our new bees for the year over the weekend and a man named Matt Kuchta came out to film them in this really fancy pants slow mo camera. I have to admit, that when I arrived and Mr. Neil was beaming at me with, “We have a photographer coming!” I thought, “Really, I [...]

Murmuration + Peregrine Falcon + 10th Doctor = AWESOME!

This is from a documentary called Earthflight from BBC One and it’s narrated by David Tennant (aka the 10th Doctor on Doctor Who). This clip is really cool and explains why raptors don’t have an easy time grabbing a starling in a large flock (aka murmuration).

It looks pretty awesome and not nearly as [...]

Sharon’s Geek a Week card now on sale

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Hey all, NBB here. Sharon’s still in Israel, but I wanted to let you know that Sharon’s Geek A Week card is now available for purchase at Think Geek (she’s in Set 3). The cards were illustrated by our buddy Len Peralta with text on the back written by our likewise buddies Paul and [...]

Best Green Heron Video Ever

I almost peed my pants watching this video this morning. It is HIGHlarious! Stick with it, things get interesting at the 20 second mark and end up amazing at the end. Herons are awesome and kudos to my buddy Clay Taylor for an excellent capture of this behavior.

And that’s a young heron finessing its [...]

Rare Extinct Imperial Woodpecker Footage

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According to a press release a biologist from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology tracked down a 16-mm film shot in 1956 by a dentist (who was riding a mule at the time) from Pennsylvania.

The footage, which captures the last confirmed sighting of an Imperial Woodpecker in the wild, has now been restored and [...]

Merlin vs Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Non Birding Bill and I were over at Mr. Neil’s to do some fall beehive prep (for those who follow, the bees seemed to take my Ned Stark speech well and all but one of the hives actually bumped up production). After we finished checking the hives we were back in the house surfing the [...]

Podcast #27 Loon Cam & Peregrine Nails a Stake Out Bird

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Bird News:

Response from Vermillion County, Indiana on why they gave such a low fine for killing an endangered species–essentially killing a bird like that is only a misdemeanor and though a Whooping Crane is valued at over $100,00–who would they pay that too? AKA the Hoosier State Law doesn’t care about wildlife and Indiana [...]