This week in birds - #433
A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment:
Image borrowed from AllAboutBirds.com.
At the window of my office, I trained my binoculars on the bird feeder in my front yard and noted to myself, Pine Siskins, Pine Warbler, House Fin... Wait a minute! That finch isn't red, it's purple. Purple head, purple chest, purple wash on the wings - it's a Purple Finch! And of course, my camera was nowhere nearby so I couldn't get a picture. And then it was gone. In the thirty-two years that we have lived here, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I have seen a Purple Finch in my yard so Friday was definitely a red-letter day for me. Or a purple-letter day.
By now, we must be fully aware that the current evil administration in Washington will do everything it possibly can to trash the environment on the way out the door. Those efforts continued this week, even as the president was also busily inciting insurrection and invasion of the Capitol Building and the attempted overthrow of the government. Eleven days and counting. Or maybe less.
The cost of US climate disasters doubled in 2020, reflecting the increased damage being caused by climate change. Hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters caused $95 billion in damage according to the latest data.
A new study has found that there is already enough carbon in the atmosphere to cause the planet to exceed the international agreed-upon limits to control climate change. But all is not necessarily lost. The change could be delayed for centuries if the world quickly stops emitting more greenhouse gases.
Hundreds of birders have flocked to the Washington, D.C. area to view an unexpected and unusual visitor.This Painted Bunting, normally found much farther south, has been visiting the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, found on a bend of the Potomac River, a short journey north-west of Washington in Maryland. Needless to say, birders in the area are thrilled.