Bird Blog Reaches 40% mark!

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The famous bird, birding and birder blog, 10,000 birds, has reached the 4,000 post mark. So, if there are 10,000 birds and 4,000 posts …..

But seriously, it’s true, it did!

Did you know that I blog there once a month? No? Then you have some catching up to do! I appear to have done nine of them so far. Here’s a list:

Why is the Robin’s Breast Red?

By December 15, 2011 1 comment

Why is the Robin’s breast red? Why are any of the parts of any birds colorful? To make it easier for birders to identify them, of course! But seriously, Science has a more interesting set of answers, and some recently published research on European Robins helps to examine this question in some detail. There are […]

Why do birds living near Chernobyl have smaller brains?

By November 17, 2011 2 comments

Radiation is funny. Not funny ha ha, but rather, funny strange. The health effects of radiation are not at all simple, and in fact, the phrase “health effects of radiation” has a meaning parallel to “the health effects of stuff.” It is vague and refers to many different things. For instance, there are radioisotopes … […]

Climate Change and Birds

By October 20, 2011 5 comments

When climate changes, causing habitats to move, birds can get up and fly away to a new habitat, so really, they’ll be fine. Right? Well, that’s probably a little bit true, but only a very little bit. I’ve been working on climate change lately (not causing it, but reading and writing about it) and birds […]

Why Do Penguins Wear Tuxedos?

By September 15, 2011 3 comments

Penguins. The birds that wear tuxedos and star in major motion pictures. People call them “flightless birds” but they do in fact fly; They just do it underwater. They are almost totally restricted to the southern hemisphere (but some live very close to the equator). They eat only seafood, including fish, squid, krill and other […]

What happened with Archaeopteryx?

By August 18, 2011 11 comments

Imagine you study history. You and your colleagues are experts on the history of France, Poland, Spain, all those European countries. And one of the things you do is to study old documents, and you have this old book, this very very old book, that chronicles the life and times of some historic people in […]

How much bird is there, anyway?

By July 21, 2011 3 comments

I was looking out a car window the other day and noticed that of all the wildlife most of it was bird. I’m sure there were a lot of insects in range of my eyeballs, hiding behind leaves or camouflaged against bark as insects are wont to do. A squirrel skittered by … a squirrel […]

Are Birds Really Dinosaurs?

By June 16, 2011 7 comments

Most of the time when we think of birds, we think of the things that make them birds, and not the things that make them dinosaurs. But that is because we often have the relationship between dinosaurs and birds reversed in our little primate minds; Much of what is bird-like is not exclusive to birds, […]

A Question of Migration

By May 19, 2011 10 comments

To a birder, migration means that you can live in Minnesota, New York, Paris or Moscow and see exotic tropical birds such as Piranga olivacea and Icterus galbula on a regular basis without buying a plane ticket. The birds do the flying for you. Even if you don’t live in the summer range of a […]

Bird Song and Parallel Evolution: learning from our feathered friends

By April 21, 2011 25 comments

“They charm the females by instrumental music of the most varied kinds” And thus, Charles Darwin adapted the phrase “Instrumental Music,” previously used to mean humans with instruments making music, to name one of the most important “secondary sexual characters … diversified and conspicuous in birds” which, added to “all sorts of combs, wattles, protuberances, […]

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