The other day I was rewatching the "Signals and Song" episode of The Life of Birds and took special interest in the section about avian eyesight. David Attenborough, ye giver of knowledge, explained that many birds possess color vision far superior to our own, often allowing birds to see light in the UV spectrum. The ability to see UV light means that in some cases - examples in the program include Budgerigar and European Starlings - birds appear to each other much different than they appear to us.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I began birding when I pulled an old copy of Peterson's off a shelf at a used bookstore in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I flipped through the book and noticed that someone (whom I later deduced to be an old woman in Florida) had written the date and location of each sighting next to the bird's picture in the book. "What a cool idea!" I thought. I bought the book, crossed off that old woman's chickenscratches and began watching the skies.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Master birder/fieldguidist/artist David Sibley has recently picked up the discussion of "how many rare birds to we miss?" on his personal blog, Sibley Guides Notebook. Since I had interviewed John of A DC Birding Blog about that very topic back in March, I left a comment with the link in Sibley's comments. On Thursday Mr. Sibley posted his own answer to the "how many do we miss?" question, suggesting that the number is somewhere around 3 to 10 percent.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Check out this article from The Onion about the lack of gratitude Peregrine Falcons have been showing since their removal from the Endangered Species list. Also includes a Maine shoutout!