Blatant Advertising – but of a good kind!

23 03 2010

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Catherine Hamilton

Not really for me. I just wanted to draw your attention to a few cool things that are coming up or occuring in the world of birds right now.

Raptor Conference – Audubon Greenwich – May 7th and 8th

First off Audubon Greenwich will be holding a Raptor Conservation conference at the Audubon Centre in Greenwich on May 7th and 8th (click here for details). It should be a really cool day with a chance to get to hear about raptor conservation projects both locally and continentally. With Guests from Hawk Mountain and Veracruz it’s a dream line up for anyone interested in hawkwatching, raptors or conservation. I’ll be there manning the hawkwatch and hope to get to meet some of the hawkwatchers from the Tri-state area and beyond. It’ll be a great chance to meet up with like minded people and to share some tips, experiences and gossip with your local hawkwatching fraternity as well as to find out how to get more involved in raptor conservation projects. You can register online for the event at the bottom of the page!

What have Lukes friends been up to?

All About Birds

If you have been hibernating this month you might have missed Catherine Hamilton’s online exhibition on the All About Birds website (click here). Go check it out, the artwork is absolutely stunning and I’m not just saying that because I am heavily biased. Move over David Sibley! A few of the pieces were produced right here in Greenwich including one of my particular favorites the Red-bellied Woodpecker – go check it out.

Benjamin Van Dorens Blog

New York birder, Greenwich Hawk watcher, and blogger extraordinaire Benjamin has recently become president of the New York State Young Birders club as well so congratulations to him. Here is a link to his blog from a day we spent chasing birds up in New York State (click here)

Birds of North America Fashion Line

At a recent Chelsea art gallery opening I ran into a nice artist who was telling me about his passion for birding and about his girlfriends fashion line that takes its collection names from birds (check it out here).

Finch Behavior

15 01 2009

At sunset, I noticed that a handful of Pine Siskins were heavily investigating one of the squirrel dreys in my yard, which made me recall  an event from a few years back: after a particularly heavy daytime winter shower I went into the garden and discovered all of these Goldfinches (maybe a dozen or so) appearing from underneath a drey. My guess at the time was that they were sheltering under it during the downpour, which I thought was rather smart.

I then read today that dreys are generally only used as nests by squirrels in the summer (they prefer cavitie nests in winter) and also that the entrances were underneath, so as to protect them from the intrusion of the  elements.  So I wonder: a) whether those Goldfinches those years back were actually sitting out the storm inside the nest? and b) whether birds might use abandoned nests like this for overnight roosts?

Kind of interesting. It certainly seems like they might make the perfect overnight home for a cold finch. I’ll have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to see what, if anything, flys out. Of course the other possibility they were just investigating them for food?