Birds and the Beast from the East


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I couldn’t help laughing today as I launched into my weekly examination of avian news. My amusement was due to an article I was reading which explained how spring is coming earlier and earlier. This side effect of climate change causes issues for migrating birds as I have discussed elsewhere on this blog. So, nothing […]

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Rare and Tiny Bird Fossil Studied via New Technology


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Scientists have announced research into of one of the smallest bird fossils ever found. The tiny chick lived 127 million years ago, which is hard to imagine, and was a member of group of primitive avian species that inhabited the planet when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Rare Fossil Find The fossil has been studied […]

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Chinese Economy Boosts the Value of Racing Pigeons


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China’s wealthy elite have become even richer lately as property prices have risen and the stock market has been faring well. Indeed, their wealth has increased by an estimated 13% in the last year alone. An elite group of pigeon fanciers amongst these wealthy businessmen are prepared to spend huge amounts of money to get […]

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Avian Firestarters


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Australia has recently experienced devastating bushfires following a heatwave. The fires have threatened people, property and wildlife. To make matters worse, the authorities may be dealing with the activities of flying arsonists in the shape of what have been dubbed “firehawk raptors”. Birds Drop Burning Sticks A new study has described the behaviour of Australian […]

Friday, March 9th, 2018

A Surprising Walk in the Park


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I often used to take walks through a local park which represented a pleasant oasis in the midst of an unfortunate urban sprawl. It has to be said that this small conservation area was largely unremarkable but it was green and traffic free! It was always nice to engage with nature on a lunchtime stroll […]

Thursday, March 8th, 2018