Blossoms and Birds

Ask Away!    Submit   Elora. 21. I'm currently working for a BA in Art History and Classics (they'll show up occasionally). But I adore birds. Always have. They are incredibly amazing balls of fluff and feathers. 90% of what I post here is in appreciation for those creatures which have inspired and awed me.

Almost all of the images posted here are not mine. Those that are will be marked either in the tags or the description. If an image is yours and not marked as such, send me a message and I will correct the source or take it down. I'm seriously considering going to grad school for Library Science and Digital Humanities, so I take that shit very seriously.

Feel free to ask me just about anything! I've never pretended to know anything scientific about birds and I sadly do not have a pet bird, so I can't say I know much about that either. But I do know plenty of blogs that could help you with those types of questions. However, I can field some questions about identification and birding basics.


It’s Time Again… Catch the Shorebird Migration!

by Rosemary w/ MassAudubon

The end of summer brings a new kind of beachgoer: waves of shorebirds that stop by Massachusetts (and other Northeastern states) beaches as they migrate south for the winter. This spectacle began in early July, and though we’re nearing the end of its peak (mid-August), it will continue through mid-November.

Migratory shorebirds can appear on practically any tidal wetland. Away from the coast, any muddy pond or lake shore will also often host small numbers of shorebirds during migration. While many shorebirds spend time in Massachusetts/the NE, here are five that you may see right about now…

(read more: MassAudubon)

photos: Vitalii Khustochka/Flickr; albertovo/flickr; Jerry Fishbein; and Justin Lawson/Flickr bumpylemon

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Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) - photo by Nathan Rupert


Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) - photo by Nathan Rupert

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It was hard for early naturalists to imagine that the passenger pigeon could ever become extinct. But they didn’t realize that a technological revolution was about to hit.

"The telegraph allowed word to go out: ‘The pigeons are here,’" says David Blockstein, a senior scientist at the National Council for Science and the Environment and a founder of Project Passenger Pigeon. Thousands of hunters would then jump on newly built trains to ride out to wherever the pigeons had settled and start slaughtering them.

The hunters weren’t just killing the birds to feed their families, however. Pigeons would be stuffed into barrels and loaded back onto the trains, which would deliver them to distant cities, where they’d be sold everywhere from open air markets to fine restaurants. “Technology enabled the market,” says Blockstein.

Soon this technology-driven slaughter was decimating the passenger pigeon. Its decline was so worrisome that Congress passed the Lacey Act, one of the first laws to protect wildlife in the United States. The Lacey Act would eventually help protect many species, but for the passenger pigeon it came too late.

In 1900, the year in which the act was made into law, naturalists spotted a single wild passenger pigeon in Ohio. They never saw another one in the wild again.

For the next 14 years, the species clung to existence in a few zoos. But the birds proved to be poor breeders in captivity. Martha, the last of her kind, was barren.

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