Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday's Bits & Pieces

Photo: Ryan Farrell

Here's an image of Maryland's recent immature White Ibis (clue for non-birders: it's NOT one of the white birds), courtesy of Prince George's county birder Ryan Farrell. Many thanks for sharing the photo, Ryan. To confuse matters more, the two white birds in the lower left hand corner are Little Blue Herons, also immature birds. Non-adult birds can be tricky, especially this time of year, when 1st-year birds are all around, and on the move.

Meanwhile, if you haven't heard of it yet, there is an amazing new desktop gadget from Google that delivers reports of rare bird sightings in your region direct to your desktop. Check it out here. It's free. What will they think of next? I've read, in Kenn Kaufman's Kingbird Highway, among other places, of the pre-Internet '70s and '80s, when birders would chase rarities around the country, stopping every now and then to put coins in a pay phone and call the local rare bird alert hotline. How times change...

Finally, a fond farewell/hello to A DC Birding Blog, whose author, John, recently moved from DC to New Jersey. That leaves a huge gap in the on-line world for info on local birding, natural history, conservation legislation and much, much more. But the soon-to-be renamed blog is still as good as ever. Today, he's got a bunch of conservation news--some of it even good! Check it out... and Good Birding.

The BirdCouple

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