Birds and Rock and Roll

19 03 2009

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Seeing as the Conan video makes most birders look a bit dull and humorless, here’s a little more glamor: First a cool article about the links between musicians and birds/birdwatching from the Guardian Newspaper in the UK  (here).  The article has a bit of an UK indie music slant. The above video is for the Guillemots who I must say I kind of like. Easy to see their birding influences right there in the name. Also check out British Sea Power’s No Lucifer (here) another set of apparently avowed birders.





Conan O’Brien goes Birding

19 03 2009

My friend Annette sent me this amusing video which some of you may not have seen before (sorry about the poor quality but the Hi Def version that Annette sent me wouldn’t load). In fact Central Park is an amazing birding hotspot in Spring and probably one of the best in the North East. I’m just putting together details for a day trip to Central Park as we speak after the success of last year. Details will be out soon on my Trips and Tours page (I just noticed how badly it needs updating).





Northern Saw-whet Owl – Another look!

19 03 2009
Northern Saw-whet Owl - AJ Hand

Northern Saw-whet Owl - AJ Hand

The latest bird reports are pretty depressing so I thought I’d cheer everyone up (including myself) with a picture that AJ Hand snapped of the Saw-whet Owl that I found on my Sunrise Bird Walk in Westport over the last weekend (it had left by the next day). I wonder how many of you eagle-eyed birders noticed the little mouse/vole clutched in it’s talons before I mentioned it (you can spot the paw) . I’m guessing the mouse was the only one not thrilled to see this bird at the weekend! Thanks to AJ Hand for the loan of the picture – another really stunning capture.





Bird Reports – Local, National and International

19 03 2009

The Audubon Connecticut IBA site has the Conservation Plan for Lighthouse Point Park online. At last weeks NHBC meeting Chris Field talked a little about the plan and some of the decision making that is still to be made. To see the plan online and to answer the feedback form at the bottom of the document, check out the PDF version here.

The Feds have released their 2009 State of the Birds report (here). To me these kind of things always make for some depressing reading, however the positive notes on Bald Eagles, Peregrines and waterfowl does highlight that where there is the will we can make an impact in turning these declines around. A really nice video, with some beautiful footage, accompanies the report as well so check it out.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper report 2009. Things are looking pretty grim for one of the globes most distinctive sandpipers. The latest report shows some pretty diminished numbers from some of the regular wintering grounds of one of the globes rarest shorebirds (more here). A real shame as this is just a stunning bird that captured my attention even as a child flicking through my field guides.