Monday May 20, 2013
Hummingbird Month is humming along, and just as hummingbirds are arriving at feeders, so are hummingbird questions arriving in my inbox! This week, Jodi from Tennessee asks...
"My five-year-old daughter is fascinated by the hummingbird feeder we have. Are there any activities she can do to enjoy hummingbirds without hurting them? She's not always gentle with our pets!"
Little birders are often fascinated by little birds, and there are many great hummingbird projects for kids that not only teach them about hummers, but also help support the hummingbirds with better plants, feeders, shelter and more. Or if you're just interested in some craft projects and other simple fun, try having more fun with hummingbirds!
Have you seen the most recent birding questions? If yours isn't answered, be sure to submit it!
Photo © Sean McGrath
Sunday May 19, 2013
Damaged nests, missing eggs and lost birds from a Texas rookery have inspired a reward leading to information about possible theft or vandalism from the protected site. According to the Rockport Pilot, damage to the rookery near San Antonio Bay occurred in late April, and while it is possible that poor weather caused the damage, other clues indicate human interference.
The rookery is a site popular with nesting reddish egrets, great blue herons and roseate spoonbills, and birding tours often visit the area. The $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the damage. Anyone with details should call toll-free 1-800-792-4263 to report their information.
Nesting Great Blue Heron
Photo © Kid Cowboy
Saturday May 18, 2013
Gull species can look remarkably similar with their gray, white and black plumage, similar shapes and overall general jizz, but one gull is standing out in a bold way. According to the Petoskey News-Review, a ring-billed gull with rich pink plumage has been spotted around the northern Michigan town of Petoskey. Officials aren't sure what has caused the bird's discoloration - dye, food or some unknown source. The bird is in fine health, however, and its odd plumage has not seemed to impact its behavior.
What's the oddest colored bird or animal you've ever seen - a yellow northern cardinal, a purple squirrel or some other rainbow shade? Share your sightings in the comments!
Photo © Dan Pancamo
Friday May 17, 2013
May is a month to celebrate mothers, and we're celebrating bird mothers with this month's photo contest theme, "Mother" Birds. Female birds of dimorphic species, or any birds showing "mothering" behavior are great subjects, but get those cameras clicking - the contest deadline is May 23, and all entries must be submitted by then. Enter your photos today and don't miss your chance to show what great bird mothers you've seen!
Photo © Ferran Pestaña