HIGH SIERRA BIRD NEWS and IDENTIFICATION GUIDES


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 13 October 2016

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INTERNET
IDENTIFICATION RESOURCES

BirdMom
Excellent observer of Sierra Nevada from her foothill perch. Flower identification by color. RIP Birdmom, the world is a little less kind and observant without you.
West Sierra Flank Birding List.

High Sierra Wildflowers, too!

 
 

Graeme Colmer's
Handy List of Images-Identifications of Sierra Birds

A Handy Thing

 

Greg Lasley
Nature Photography
Birds of North America

 

Birds,
Species List,
Yosemite
.
National Park Service.

  

Standard Guides

Birdwatcher's Digest Bird ID Guide

Birds, enature.com

 

ON THE BOOKSHELF

I have both Peterson's and National Geographic Bird Guides in book form, at home on my bookshelf. I've got to say I've carried a lot of books into the Sierra over the years, with the Peterson's Guide and the Sierra Club's Naturalist Handbook being the top two. 

 

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

 

 

Everything

All High Sierra Plant and Animal Identification Resources

 


 

 

BIRD
NEWS & INFORMATION

 

Updated

 

 April 13

LIVES of BIRDS

Great Basin Flyway Drying Out

Western Bird Species Are Struggling In Face Of Rapidly Changing Climate

 

 

 

March19 

LIVES of BIRDS

Blackpoll Warbler

"...an annual migration of up to 20,000 kilometres..."

Direct to Research

Tiny song bird makes record migration, U of G study proves,
University of Guelph, March 19, 2019.

 

 

 

March 6

 

BIRD NEWS & RESEARCH

Amazing Airborne Life

Swifts Born to Eat and Sleep in the Air

 

 

BIRDS

Flying into the Unknown

Climate Change Bringing Unpredictable Ecosystem Disruption for Migratory Birds

 

 

 

February 26

CHILLATION STATION

Need to Chill Out?

Watch this Amazing Video,

"This swooping murmuration of starlings, photographed in Spain in 2018, moves as though the hundreds of birds were being centrally directed, but each one makes its own choices. By Joaquin, video available from Adobe Stock."
From

Smarter Parts Make Collective Systems Too Stubborn,
Quanta, undated from Feburary, 2019.

Think about the behaviors of bacteria as you watch these birds...

 

 

 

February 25

 

BIRDS

Global Bird Migrations Shifting With Climate

Spring Migration Earlier in European and North American Birds

 

 

 

December 16 

 

LIVES of BIRDS

Up to 10% Decline in Mountain-Specialists

Mountain Birds Declining in Europe due to Climate & Habitat Changes

 

 

 

November 9

 

CLIMATE CHANGING BIRDS

Nest Predation to test Value of Arctic Migration?

Climate change flips the global pattern of shorebird nest predation

 

 

 

October 24

 

HEY BIRD BRAIN

A Time in History when Birds were Smarter than Humans?

New Caledonian crows can create compound tools

 

 

 

October 18

 

BIRDS & INSECTS

A Shared Decline

Getting to the root of long-term tree swallow declines

 

 

 

October 2

 

HEATED CACTUS THREATENS HUMMERS

Desert Migrations Threatened by Shifted Blooming Time

Ocotillos Early Blooming leaving Hummingbirds without Food

 

 

 

September 18th

 

BIRD NEWS

Migration Traffic Report

More than 4 Billion Birds Make the Fall Migration

 

 

 

September 6

 

BIRD NEWS

Dual Threats of Warming Climate & Development

Trouble in the Cloud Forests, Birds Ascending 23 Feet a Year

 

 

 

September 5

 

The SUM of all CLIMATE FEARS

Last Massive El Nino Foreshadows Magnitude of Next

El Niño fears grow as starving baby birds wash up on California beaches

 

 

 

August 8

 

BIRD NEWS

The New Normal of Death & Decline in the Mojave Desert

Climate Change Killing Mojave Birds

 

 

 

July 31

 

LOBOTOMIZING THE WEB OF LIFE

King Penguins Disappearing

Largest king penguin colony has shrunk nearly 90 percent

 

 

 

July 9

 

Our Buddies Against the Bugs

Program and Scorecard for the Battle of "The Birds Vs The Bugs"

 

 

 

June 18

 

ECO-CRASH RESEARCH: BIRDS

Multiplex of Environmental Factors Failing

Juvenile Albatross at Risk in Warming Arctic

 

 

 

 May 22

 

LIVES OF BIRDS

Squirrels Too...

Interconnected Forest Information Networks

 

 

 

April 30

 

BIRDS IN HOT WATER

Increasing Warm Water Episodes in Gulf of California

Threatens Heermans Gulls

 

 

 

April 24

 

A SHADOW OF RECENT NUMBERS

Red Winged Blackbirds in Valley Collapsed under Massive California Growth

More Dead Birds than Living

 

 

 

April 23

 

CLIMATE CRASH NEWS

Timing of Life Changing with Changing Seasons

Birds Paying the Price

 

 

 

April 12

 

AMAZING NATURE

High Speed Hummingbird Mating

Manipulating the Doppler Effect for Sex

 

 

 

April 10

 

AMAZING LIFE

Life's Visible Compass: Secrets of Bird Navigation

Determining how Electro-Magnetic Vision Works

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2018

 

Tragic Avian Crime

This Criminal Should be Punished like an Arsonist

Direct to Article
Officials: California man shot 130 hawks, birds of prey,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, March 14, 2018.

 

 

BIRD SOPHISTICATION

Raven Communication

 

 

 

March 2, 2018

 

Southern Bird News

Adelie Penguin Heaven, Millions of Unknown Penguins Found

 

 

 

Feburary 22, 2018

 

CRASHING ECOSYSTEMS

King Penguins Face Climate Change & Food Competition

Survival Unsure

 

 

 

Feburary 8, 2018

 

Secrets of Bird Navigation

Chemical-Light Perception of Magnetic Bearings

 

 

 

Feburary 6, 2018

Irresponsible Growth Killing Everything

Is an iconic bird of California heading for its last dance?

 

 

 

January 19

FAKE ENVIRONMENTALISM

Artifical Lighting "Environmentalism" Killing the Birds, & Nighttime Too

Another Terrible Effect of LED "Green" Lighting

 

 

 

January 13

Shifting Seasons for Birds and Farmers

Conflicts at the Changing Crack of Spring

 

 

 

January 9

Constant Noise

Humans Driving Birds (and Humans) Crazy

 

 

 

January 8

Bird Count This Weekend

Tahoe Mid Winter Bald Eagle Count

 

 

 

January 7

Birds Under Severe Migratorty Pressure

Genes Control Bird's Climate Survival Potential?

 

 

 

December 26

Nature vs. Nurture

Bird Culture on the Wing

 

 

 

December 20

Minden-Garnerville

Christmas bird count Dec. 30

 

 

 

December 15

Old Growth Forests Protect Birds

Too Bad Not Much Old Forest Remaining

 

 

 

December 6

Everything is Changing

Pacific Songbird Migration Changing

 

 

 

November 20

"...Arctic Shorebird Populations in Precipitous Decline."

Locating Where the Problems Lay

 

 

 

November 19

North Sea Changed & Changing 

So Are its Birds

 

 

 

November 13

Affecting Birds in California

California birds nesting a week earlier

 

 

 

November 10

Systematic Effect

Specific Species Dying Rapidly Wild pheasant disappearing in California

 

 

Climate Change Bad for the Everything, then the Birds

Changes in flowering, fruiting affecting bird abundance, activities

 

 

 

October 19

Songbird Decline

On the Fringe of Declining Forests

 

 

 

October 12

Birds, Fish, & Humans

Lead fishing tackle threatening loon populations

 

 

 

October 9

Dirty Birds

Our Wonderful Contributions to Nature

 

 

 

October 4

BIRD POPULATIONS CRASHING

Migrating Birds Are Running Out of Water

 

 

 

September 27

Declining Voices of the Forest

Songbird populations may indicate trouble in northwestern forests,
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, September 27, 2017.

 

 

 

September 7

Otta Here

Birds are on the move in the face of climate change,
WILEY, September 7, 2017.

The trees would fly away too, if they could...

 

 

 

August 30

 Tough Birds

Some birds better than others at adjusting to habitat degradation,

American Ornithological Society Publications Office, August 30, 2017. 

 

 

 

August 29

Sense of smell is key factor in bird navigation, new study shows,
University of Oxford, August 29, 2017.

 

 

 

August 28

Into Nature's Toolbox

Mozart on Wing

Mimicking birdsongs,
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, August 28, 2017.

“harnessed?”
No. Birds’ perfect fit within, and mastery of their physical environment.

 

 

 

August 8

Kill More Birds Program

Feds to give states more flexibility in "protecting" wild bird,
SFCrate, August 8, 2017.

The quotes on "protecting" are mine, as the Feds are giving flexibility in "killing," not protecting wild birds.

Word choice tells you when you're being decieved, and by who, besides the reporter...

The "good" talking head just repeats what they are told to say... 

 

 

July 26

Tracking Birds

Fifty years on, the Breeding Bird Survey continues to produce new insights,
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, July 26, 2017.

 

 

 

July 19

Why the Bird Won't

Birds avoid crossing roads to prevent predation,
FRONTIERS, July 19, 2017.

 

 

July 14

Who's the Bird Brain?

Ravens ignore a treat in favor of a useful tool for the future,
Planning ahead means they're even smarter than we thought, 
Ars Technica, July 14, 2017.

 

 

July 5

 

The Bugs are Hunting the Birds
Are Cats chasing Dogs around?

Praying mantises hunt down birds worldwide,
UNIVERSITY OF BASEL, July 4, 2017.

As if the birds do not have enough problems.

Spider & Insect News 

 

 

 

June 28

Natural Intelligence

The trouble with being a handsome bird,
MONASH UNIVERSITY, June 27, 2017.

Self and situational awareness in action

 

June 21

Birds' feathers reveal their winter diet,
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, June 22, 2017.

 

 

June 19

Birds of all feathers work together to hunt when army ants march,
DREXEL UNIVERSITY, June 19, 2017.  

 

 

June 12

Birds face climate-based breeding restrictions.
In the Climate News.

 

 

June 8

Bye Bye Birdie

Finding new homes won't help Emperor penguins cope with climate change,
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION, June 7, 2017.

 

 

June 5

Breeding pairs of birds cooperate to resist climate change,
FECYT - SPANISH FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, June 5, 2017.

 

 

June 1, 2017

 

Radar reveals steep declines in Kauai's seabird populations,
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, June 1, 2017.

 

 

May 30


Nesting bald eagles cause temporary campground closure in Eldorado National Forest,
Sierra Sun, May 27, 2017.

 

 

May 27

El Dorado County

Plenty of eagles nesting this year,
Mountain Democrat, May 26, 2017.

 

 

May 17

Good grief! Losing a friend brings wild birds closer together,
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, May 17, 2017.

 

 

May 3, 2017

Review highlights challenges faced by birds in the Gulf of Mexico,
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, May 3, 2017.

 

 

Cycles of Life

Mono Lake Seagull Production unit in production and under protection,
Monologue, April 21, 2017.

 

 

April 20

Can barnacle geese predict the climate?
NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY (NIOO-KNAW), April 18, 2017.

 

 

March 21

Number abilities in humans, birds and fish are based in brain's subcortex,

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST, March 21, 2017.

 

 

March 6

How nature creates forest diversity,
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, March 6, 2017.

 

Will climate change leave tropical birds hung out to dry?
University Of Illinois College Of Agricultural, Consumer And Environmental Sciences, January 3, 2017.

 

2016

 

Ten months in the air without landing,
 Lund University, October 27, 2016.  

 

New evidence for California Condors' genetic bottleneck,
Central Ornithology Publication Office, October 14, 2016.

 

First evidence of sleep in flight. Birds engage in all types of sleep in flight, but in remarkably small amounts,
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT, August 3, 2016.

 

How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax, University of Cambridge, July 21, 2016.

 

 

July 2016

Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go,
University of Queensland, July 19, 2016.

 

 

May 25, 2016 

Global Climate Change:
Killing the Critters

While the Arctic warms, migrating birds pay the price in the tropics,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, May 12, 2016.


How Arctic spring kills birds in Africa,
 Lomonosov Moscow State University, May 12, 2016.

 

2015

 

December 3, 2015

Global effort 'needed to save migratory birds,

December 03, 2015, University of Queensland.

 

 

September 24, 2015

Exhausted, Starving Seabirds Continue To Swamp International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Center, Yuba Net, Sep 24, 2015.

 

 

 

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