This week in birds - #576

A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment

A Cooper's Hawk surveys my backyard, searching for a possible meal.

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2023 was the hottest year on record and 2024 may be even hotter.

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At the other end of the spectrum, Beijing experienced its coldest December since 1951. 

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Meanwhile, hotter, drier air in Europe is causing a greater wildfire risk and is affecting farmers' success in raising their crops.

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We have live oaks and red oaks in our yard and I can confirm that it has been a bumper crop year for acorns in Texas.

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Is this pyramid in Indonesia the world's oldest?

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Oil refineries on the Gulf Coast continue to pollute the air.

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Californians have been excited by recent sightings of orcas off their southern coast.

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This is the critically endangered Gorgeted Puffleg, a resident of the high Andes and it is the American Bird Conservancy's Bird of the Week.

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There is finally some good news regarding the status of Florida's manatees.

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In Britain, the government has a strategy for restoring the country's degraded temperate rainforest.

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Collisions with high-rise buildings kill up to a billion birds a year in America. Architects are working on ways to prevent that. 

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Logging has inflicted severe damage to the boreal forests of Ontario and Quebec. 

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Twenty-one U.S. species were declared extinct in 2023.

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As Siberia's ice is melting, information about its past is being revealed.

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Many of Africa's birds of prey are experiencing the collapse of their populations. Poisoning and persecution by humans is a major factor.

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North of Sydney, the largest male funnel-web spider, measuring more than three inches wide, has been found.

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There may have been another species of tyrannosaur living alongside Tyrannosaurus rex.

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At the Berlin Zoo, animals are getting unsold Christmas trees as snacks and playthings.

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Get ready for a rare celestial event: A total solar eclipse will occur on April 8.

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                                                                  The cause of much excitement in Seattle.

Seattle birders are atwitter over a rare visit from a Black-and-White Warbler

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Was 2023 the "beginning of the end" of the fossil fuel era? Some climate scientists think so.

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Australia's Buff-breasted Buttonquail has never been photographed but some researchers are hoping to change that.

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Uruguay is making strides in its green power transition from fossil fuels to wind energy.

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This is Jonathan the tortoise who lives on St. Helena Island. At (about) 191 years old, he is the world's oldest known living land animal.



Comments

  1. I can hear a loud round of applause, Dorothy, to signal your return. It’s great to see you back with us, both to have the roundup again and to know that you have returned to good health. Would that we could say the same for the planet! All the best and stay well! David

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  2. I'm delighted to see that you have returned to posting This Week in Birds, Dorothy. I hope you are feeling much better.

    I hope that architects will come up with new designs to prevent bird collisions with human-made objects. I hope that those who design roads and cars are doing the same.

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  3. I love watching hawks! And I'm intrigued by that pyramid they found in Indonesia. Are you feeling better? Hope you're on the mend. Have a good weekend. :D

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    1. I am better, yes, and thanks to all for your concern. I'm not quite 100% yet but I'm getting there.

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  4. My week in birding last week was especially wonderful, but now I’m back in the frozen north, no birds at all. Your hawk is nice. Good luck with your recovery.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  5. Before I head off to check out these links, I thought I'd tell you Welcome Back! I hope you get back to full speed soon. Being ill is such a... drag.

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  6. I hope Jonathan and the manatees keep right on going. And I sure hope 2024 isn't hotter than 2023 ... it was rough here.

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