Wednesday April 23, 2014
Some birds are known for laying their eggs in other species' nests, but no birds are deliberately brood parasites of bald eagle nests. In an unusual set of circumstances, however, a duck egg has ended up in an eagle nest, and the raptors are incubating it. According to Fox 9 News, a female duck was prey for the eagles, but an egg she hadn't laid was revealed after her demise. The egg survived intact, and the eagles are now incubating the duck egg.
It's unlikely the egg will hatch successfully, nor would the duckling's odds be good if it did. Nevertheless, this may be one of the most unusual cases of mistaken nest identity recorded, even outdoing the common loon that attempted to hatch a rock last year.
Have you seen any unusual nesting behavior yet this spring? Share your sightings in the comments!
Bald Eagle Nest
Photo © Tim Kaufman / USFWS
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to enjoy the wonderful natural resources of our planet, and birds are one of those amazing resources. But it's also a day to protect those resources, and there are many ways birders can help protect the planet that nurtures the birds they love.
How do you protect the planet even while you enjoy the birds on it? Share your tips in the comments!
Photo © woodleywonderworks
Monday April 21, 2014
A new week is a new chance to answer birding questions. This week, Eleanor from Washington asks...
"I love ducks at my local pond and wetlands, and everywhere. I know not to feed them bread, but what else can I do for them?"
Ducks are amazing birds and favorites with many birders. There are more than 130 duck species in the world, and while approximately 25 percent of them are vulnerable, threatened or endangered, there are plenty of things birders can do to help duck conservation. These 10 quick, easy steps can benefit all types of ducks, ensuring many ducks to enjoy for many years to come.
Do you want to help your favorite species of birds? Check out these tips to help all birds!
Photo © Guwashi999
Sunday April 20, 2014
Four years ago today, the worst offshore oil catastrophe in United States history began when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Gulf Coast, eventually spill more than 200 million gallons of oil into sensitive marine environments. While the active cleanup phase has recently ended, restoration efforts are continuing to monitor the region's habitats and sensitive species. According to the Global Animal, multiple species - including common loons - are continuing to suffer from the effects of the spill.
What can birders do today? Plenty! Understanding how oil hurts birds is essential, and supporting conservation organizations will help birds recover from future spills. BirdProject Soaps are elegant, artistic gifts that help support the region's recovery, and taking steps to reduce a birding carbon footprint can help reduce dependence on oil overall.
How will you help prevent another catastrophic oil disaster?
Photo © Louisiana GOHSEP