October 2022 Yellowbill

30 Sep October 2022 Yellowbill


Editor’s Note

The Yellowbill is published monthly except in June, July and August. It is edited by Robert Snow (rsnow@fresnoaudubon.org) except for the Member Photos section, which is edited by Clayton Dahlen (dahlenmc@yahoo.com).

President’s Message

Greetings, FAS members and friends. I hope this message finds you well. Happy autumn to all of you! I hope that you are all able to get out and enjoy some wonderful fall birding, whether you’re here in the San Joaquin Valley or somewhere farther away.

FAS would like to extend a sincere thanks to all who signed up to become members of FAS during the 2022-2023 membership drive. Your support means a lot to us and helps keep us afloat as an organization. If you have not yet joined for the year, it’s not too late! You can still join or renew your membership, but those joining after September 30 are ineligible for the drawing. We will announce the winner of the drawing for a copy of David Sibley’s latest book What It’s Like to be a Bird during the next general meeting on Tuesday, October 11.

Our September field trips were a big success! We enjoyed outings to Grant Grove, Wildwood Native Park, and Jensen River Ranch. Many thanks to all who participated!

We have some exciting outings scheduled for the month of October as well which are listed below:

  • Sunday, October 9-Introduction to Birding Class with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy at McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve
  • Wednesday, October 12-Madera Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Saturday, October 15-Dry Creek Park and Cottonwood Park at Clovis Botanical Gardens
  • Wednesday, October 26-Lost Lake

Anyone interested in these and other upcoming events can check out the FAS event calendar for more information and links to registration: https://fresnoaudubon.org/event-calendar/.

Now that the weather is cooler, we are resuming Introduction to Birding classes and hikes out at the River Center. The first class is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM. This class will be held on the third Saturday of each month through May. The course will include a brief lecture portion followed by a guided hike around the River Center. Children are welcome!

Fresno Audubon is preparing to once again participate in the Fall Plant Sale event at the Clovis Botanical Garden Friday and Saturday (Oct 14 -15). We will have a table, chair and pop up for shade. We have all of the handouts, sign-up sheets and other flyers, but we’re in need of a few more volunteers to help us staff the table. If interested in volunteering, please place your name in any open slot on the schedule here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_Z8-0Lb–Jo3iu4esHUettwZ0xL0oMTnlpikJHW8wn4/edit?usp=sharing. Please email Outreach Chair Nancy Gilmore at FASBoard.ng2@gmail.com with any questions. Thanks so much for your consideration!

We would like to remind everyone of the current requirements for attending FAS in-person field trips and classes.  We are no longer requiring that participants be fully vaccinated. Masks are now optional for all FAS outdoor events. We still require that participants must not be exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19. Registration is still REQUIRED for all in-person field trips, and participants must register individually. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

We would like to thank those who attended the September 13 general meeting. Ornithologist John Sterling talked to us about his tour adventures in Morocco. If you missed John’s talk and would like to view it, you can find it and other general meeting presentations on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FresnoAudubon.

The next FAS general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11.  Avid birder, educator, and author Larry Parmeter will be talking to us about how birds taught humanity how to fly. Here is the link to registration: https://conta.cc/3S1vapg.

I’d like to remind all of you that FAS is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Please give FAS a follow if you haven’t already! This is a great way to engage with us and stay in the loop!

To end this message, I’d like to share some photos I took recently of a non-breeding Spotted Sandpiper. Note the pale, un-streaked breast, the warm brown backside with delicate streaking, the longish beak, yellowish legs, pale eye-line, and the pale ‘finger’ beneath the brown patches on either side of the breast.  Enjoy!

Please take care of yourselves!

Rachel Clark

Fresno Audubon Society President

Spotted Sandpiper by Rachel Clark
Spotted Sandpiper by Rachel Clark


Fresno Audubon Society Continues Its Annual Membership Drive

Fresno Audubons (FAS) is continuing our 2022-2023 membership drive.  FAS annual membership year runs from September 1st through August 31.

Thank you to all of you who generously support Fresno Audubon by paying annual membership dues. Your support makes it possible for FAS to host outstanding speakers on our Zoom General Meetings, maintain our website, conduct guided field trips, teach introductory birding classes, maintain the bird feeding station at the River Center, conduct multiple bird surveys, and advocate for regional and local bird-related issues. To learn more about our work, download our 2020 Annual Report.

FAS members also have exclusive access to the FAS Birding Resource Guide, an online compilation of Central Valley birding resources, and new members receive a FAS sticker that displays the Fresno Audubon logo and website.

Fresno Audubon Society membership levels are:

$15 Student

$25 Individual

$35 Family

$1000 Golden Eagle (Life)

Those with PayPal accounts can join or renew their memberships on the FAS website HERE or download a membership form HERE and mail it along with your check to:

Fresno Audubon Society

PO Box 3315

Fresno, CA  93650

Thank you for your continuing support of Fresno Audubon Society!

October General Meeting

Larry Parmeter

How the Birds Taught Humanity to Fly
Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Wright first flight 17 December 1903

Speaker Bio

Larry was born in San Francisco, but raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Centenary College of Louisiana, he returned to California, attending graduate school at Long Beach State and becoming a teacher of high school English and History, which he did for 35 years before leaving the classroom in 2015. Today, he teaches for the Osher Adult Continuing Education program at Fresno State and works with elementary school children in the environmental education program at the San Joaquin River Center. He has been with Fresno Audubon for over 30 years, is a past president, past board member, and past and current field trip leader. He has had a lifelong interest in astronomy and the space program and has been editor of the Central Valley Astronomers newsletter for over 20 years. He writes and publishes poems, short stories, and commentaries; he published his first novel in 2017 and just published his second novel on his internet website.

Program Description

His talk, How the Birds taught Humanity to Fly, reflects his longstanding interest in flight and the connections between humans and the natural world.

To receive the Zoom link for the meeting, please register here.

General Meeting Speaker Schedule

Following is the schedule for future speakers. This schedule is subject to change due to cancelations. Check the FAS events calendar for the latest information: https://fresnoaudubon.org/events.

FAS Fall Potluck

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Sumner Peck Ranch

14439 W. Friant Road

11:30 am – 3:30 pm

It’s been far too long since we were able to socialize together.  So, bring your favorite dish and join FAS for lunch at noon and birding at the beautiful Sumner Peck Ranch.  There is no entry fee and parking is free.  FAS will provide drinks and table service.  Take the drive from the gates to the parking area at the end of the drive.  The picnic area is just below the parking lot, next to the river. Let’s celebrate Fresno Fall birding together! Registration is required so that we have a head count.

To learn more and to register, please see the event in our calendar here: https://fresnoaudubon.org/event/potluck-lunch-sumner-peck-ranch/?instance_id=1079. For any questions, please contact Maureen Walsh, (559) 706-4980.

Introduction to Birding Classes at the River Center

The Parkway Trust and Fresno Audubon Society have joined forces to offer a birding class that combines instruction, exploration, and fun! Beginning birders will see and learn about local and migratory birds that might be visiting the River Center. New birders will discover easy ways to identify migrating and year-round, local birds. The class will include a walk looking for birds in the various habitats found at the River Center. We will meet at the new picnic shelter on the north side of the center. After learning about using binoculars and various aids in bird identification like guide books and phone apps, we will bird around the property. Bring binoculars, lunch, water and sun protection.  Fresno Audubon will have binoculars to loan if you do not have your own. Children are welcome! Rain cancels this event.
Class is held from 9 AM -12 PM on the third Saturday of each month from October through May. To register for a class, go to our calendar and click on the class you are interested in taking. You will be directed to a registration page for that event.

October Field Trips

FIELD TRIP GUIDELINES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ⏤ Fresno Audubon Society is offering field trips during the now-endemic COVID-19, subject to the following rules. With the continuing risks of exposure and potential illness,  everyone must determine their own level of risk aversion. The CDC has recommended that masks should be optional when outdoors. It has been shown that a well-fitting N95 mask protects the wearer for several hours from an infectious dose of virus, so anyone concerned about exposure can choose to wear a mask near others if they feel at risk. Following are our current guidelines for our field trips.

  1. Participants must pre-register individually using the FAS event registration system.
  2. Participants must self-screen their own temperature before the outing and must not attend if they are feverish.
  3. Participants must consent to Fresno Audubon Society’s Liability Waiver by pre-registering.
  4. Social distancing is encouraged.
  5. Masks are not required, but participants are encouraged to wear a mask whenever they feel the need.
  6. Some field trips meet up at a central point before traveling to the field trip location. Participants may form their own car pools at these meetup points.
  7. Participants must contact their trip leader should they test positive for COVID-19 within three days following the outing so that we can notify others who attended the trip.

Wednesday 12 October 2022 ⏤ Madera WTP with ROBERT SNOW

On Wednesday 12 October 2022 we will be visiting the Madera Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTP).  Please register for the event here.


The group will meet at the MacDonald’s parking lot in the Marketplace at El Paseo (6741 N Riverside Dr, Fresno, CA 93722, see map below) at 7:45 am for an 8:00 am departure to the WTP. Secondary meeting point is at the facility, 13048 Rd 21 1/2, Madera, CA 93637. at 8:30 am. See maps below.

With migration beginning we expect to see plenty of shorebirds and other migrants and perhaps Peregrine Falcons.

Checklist: ID, binoculars, bird guide, water, sun protection and lunch. 

Leader: Robert Snow, rsnow@fresnoaudubon.org, (650) 483-2347.

Saturday 15 October 2022 ⏤ Clovis Botanical Gardens: Dry Creek Park and Cottonwood Park Field Trips with Susan Heidebrecht

The Fresno Audubon Society will be hosting a Bird Walk on Saturday October 15, 2022 during the Fall Plant Sale at the Clovis Botanical Gardens. The walk will include the Botanical Gardens, Dry Creek Park as well as Cottonwood Park and ponding basin.

The walk will be about 1-1/2 hours and will be led by Susan Heidebrecht.

We expect to see a good variety of birds including warblers, bushtits, raptors and waterfowl.

You can also check out the Fall Plant Sale at the Botanical Gardens after the walk.

We will meet for the walk at the Audubon table by the entrance to the Botanical Gardens.

Participants should bring snacks, lunch (if desired), water, hat, sunscreen, and binoculars, and should dress in layers. 

Registration is required for the Bird Walk.

Register Here

Contact Info:

Susan Heidebrecht sunheidebrecht@comcast.net (559) 313-1776



Wednesday 26 October 2022 ⏤ Lost Lake: Introduction to Birding with eBird with George Folsom

Join trip leader George Folsom at Lost Lake for Introduction to Birding with eBird.  If you are interested in joining eBird and learning how to use it, you can download eBird from the App Store before the trip.  We will go through the basics of creating, entering species and posting a list.  

Lost Lake possible species include phainopepla, western bluebird, spotted towhee, lark sparrow, spotted sandpiper, osprey, bald eagle, kingfisher, red breasted sapsucker, herons, egrets and many more. 

There is a $5.00 fee to enter the Park so you may want to carpool and share the fee. 

The meeting location for those who want to carpool is the River Center at 11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno Ca 93703 at 7:45 AM. 

We will meet in L.L. Park at the Audubon Trailhead at the south (downstream) end of the park at 8:00 AM. 

The walking will be easy and flat. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks, lunch (optional), binoculars and bird guides, and dress in layers.  Registration is required for this event.

Register Here

If you have any questions, please reach out to trip leader George Folsom (559) 351-7192 (voice or text).

Field Trip Schedule

This schedule is subject to change due to cancelations. Check the FAS events calendar for the latest information: https://fresnoaudubon.org/events.

September field trip reports

Grant Grove and Indian Basin Grove

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Kevin Enns-Rempel

On Saturday, September 10, 10 birders took part in Fresno Audubon’s birding excursion at Grant Grove and Indian Basin Grove. The weather was in the mid-to-upper 60s with sporadic rain. After weeks of brutally hot weather in the valley, this was quite a nice change!

We started out walking around the meadow and willows at Grant Grove Village. Birding started out slowly, but things got much better when we entered the Crystal Springs Campground. The road there was closed to vehicles, so we had the area entirely to ourselves. A highlight in this area was a small thicket of trees with Hairy Woodpeckers, Warbling Vireos, Mountain Chickadees, Brown Creepers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers, Hermit Warblers, and Western Tanagers all at once. It was difficult to decide where to look as they all bounced around in the trees.

We then drove several miles up Highway 180 to the Indian Basin Grove, where we walked around the interpretive trail. Birding was fairly slow here, though we did manage to add a few additional species to the day’s list.

As a group, we tallied 33 species. Many thanks to those who joined! The species list is below.

  1. Turkey Vulture
  2. Red-shouldered Hawk
  3. Red-tailed Hawk
  4. Red-breasted Sapsucker
  5. Hairy Woodpecker
  6. White-headed Woodpecker
  7. Northern Flicker
  8. Western Wood-Pewee
  9. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  10. Hutton’s Vireo
  11. Warbling Vireo
  12. Steller’s Jay
  13. Common Raven
  14. Mountain Chickadee
  15. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  16. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  17. White-breasted Nuthatch
  18. Brown Creeper
  19. Western Bluebird
  20. Townsend’s Solitaire
  21. American Robin
  22. Fox Sparrow
  23. Dark-eyed Junco
  24. Song Sparrow
  25. Spotted Towhee
  26. Brewer’s Blackbird
  27. Orange-crowned Warbler
  28. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  29. Black-throated Gray Warbler
  30. Townsend’s Warbler
  31. Hermit Warbler
  32. Wilson’s Warbler
  33. Western Tanager

Wildwood Native Park

Saturday 24 September 2022

Rachel Clark

On Saturday, September 24, approximately 25 birders took part in Fresno Audubon’s birding excursion at Wildwood Native Park. The weather was warm, the skies were clear, and the birds were abundant. As a group, we tallied 56 species. Highlights of the outing included a flyby Neotropic Cormorant, Townsend’s Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Western Wood-Pewees, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and numerous Downy and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers. Many thanks to those who joined and made the event a success!

Species for the day:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mallard
  3. Wood Duck
  4. Common Merganser
  5. Pied-billed Grebe
  6. Neotropic Cormorant
  7. Double-crested Cormorant
  8. Great Egret
  9. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  10. Turkey Vulture
  11. Cooper’s Hawk
  12. Red-shouldered Hawk
  13. Red-tailed Hawk
  14. Bald Eagle
  15. California Gull
  16. Rock Pigeon
  17. Mourning Dove
  18. Anna’s Hummingbird
  19. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  20. Belted Kingfisher
  21. Lewis’s Woodpecker
  22. Acorn Woodpecker
  23. Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  24. Downy Woodpecker
  25. Northern Flicker
  26. American Kestrel
  27. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  28. Western Wood-Pewee
  29. Black Phoebe
  30. Say’s Phoebe
  31. Warbling Vireo
  32. California Scrub-Jay
  33. American Crow
  34. Tree Swallow
  35. Bushtit
  36. White-breasted Nuthatch
  37. House Wren
  38. Northern Mockingbird
  39. European Starling
  40. Cedar Waxwing
  41. Phainopepla
  42. Common Yellowthroat
  43. Orange-crowned Warbler
  44. Yellow Warbler
  45. Black-throated Gray Warbler
  46. Townsend’s Warbler
  47. Spotted Towhee
  48. Song Sparrow
  49. White-crowned Sparrow
  50. Lark Sparrow
  51. Brown-headed Cowbird
  52. Brewer’s Blackbird
  53. Red-winged Blackbird
  54. Lawrence’s Goldfinch
  55. Lesser Goldfinch
  56. House Finch

Jensen River Ranch

Wednesday 28 September 2022

John MacDonald

16 sixteen participants braved unseasonably hot weather to bird Jensen River Ranch, starting at the north end of Woodward Park and making our way down to the San Joaquin River. Highlights included a delightful display of a pair of juvenile Cooper’s hawks tussling intermittently with each other and a pair of ravens, the fly over of recently-arrived Lewis’s woodpeckers, and yellow and orange-crowned warblers at the River. In all, 34 species were reported, with 248 individual birds tallied. Special thanks to Maureen Walsh who acted as the eBird scrivener, and George Folsom and Judy Johnson for their keen observations and very informative tutorials throughout the morning.

Species for the day:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck
  3. Mallard
  4. Pied-Billed Grebe
  5. Mourning Dove
  6. Anna’s Hummingbird
  7. American White Pelican
  8. Great Blue Heron
  9. Great Egret
  10. Turkey Vulture
  11. Cooper’s Hawks (adult and two juveniles)
  12. Red-Shouldered Hawk
  13. Red-Tailed Hawk
  14. Belted Kingfisher
  15. Lewis’s Woodpecker
  16. Acorn Woodpecker
  17. Downy Woodpecker
  18. Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  19. Northern Flicker
  20. American Kestrel
  21. Black Phoebe
  22. Say’s Phoebe
  23. California Scrub Jay
  24. American Crow
  25. Common Raven
  26. Bushtit
  27. European Starling
  28. Northern Mockingbird
  29. House Finch
  30. Lesser Goldfinch
  31. White-Crowned Sparrow
  32. Red-Winged Blackbird
  33. Orange-Crowned Warbler
  34. Yellow Warbler

Fresno-Madera Birds

by Jeff Davis
Including reports for the period of
August 16 to September 15, 2022

Rare shorebirds at the Fresno WTP included a single Marbled Godwit September 2 (ph. GW), plus two on September 12 (ph. GW, ph. GF) and September 14 (RS), a Sanderling August 17 (ph. GW), another September 12 (ph. GW, ph. GF), and a Semipalmated Sandpiper August 29 (ph. GF).

Marbled Godwit by Rachel Clark, Morro Bay, 20 November 2019
Sanderling by George Folsom
Semipalmated Sandpiper by George Folsom

Three Common Terns, our first since 2019, were at the Fresno WTP September 12 (ph. GW, ph. GF).

Common Tern by Gary Woods

Zone-tailed Hawk at Norris Trailhead August 24 (ph. GF, GW) provided the first record for Madera County.

The fourth Bank Swallow reported this season was at the Fresno WTP August 29 (ph. GF).

Bank Swallow by George Folsom

Three Pinyon Jays recorded near the Twin Lake Trailhead on Kaiser Pass Rd September 15 (EE) established the first record for Fresno County.

Establishing another Fresno County first, and evidently just the second for the Central Valley, a Prothonotary Warbler delighted many birders at Woodward Park September 4 (RC, ph. GW, ph. JS, et al.) through September 7 (ph. m.ob.).

Prothonotary Warbler by Gary Woods

Fresno County’s seventh American Redstart was spotted in Auberry August 31 (KB).

American Redstart 9/18 Lost Lake by Larry Cusick

Cited Observers: Keith Bailey, Rachel Clark, Elias Elias, George Folsom, Rick Saxton, Jeff Seay, Gary Woods.  ph. = photographed by.  m.ob. = many observers. WTP = Wastewater Treatment Plant.

If you make an interesting observation, we’d love to hear about it. We are especially interested in birds listed as casual or rare on the Fresno Audubon checklist and those found out of season, out of normal habitat, or in unusually large numbers. Please submit reports to eBird, the Fresno County Birders e-mail list, or Jeff Davis (jndavis@ucsc.edu).

Member Photographs

Please send your photos in jpeg format with a width of 1024 pixels and a resolution of 72 pixels/inch to dahlenmc@yahoo.com with how you want the photo credit to read. Birds may be from anywhere. Limited space may restrict publication to a later issue. We will also showcase your photos on our social media.

Larry Cusick

American Redstart 9/18 Lost Lake by Larry Cusick
House Wren 9/24 San Joaquin River Madera side by Larry Cusick
Warbling Vireo 9/24 San Joaquin River Madera Side by Larry Cusick
Western Wood Peewee 9/24 San Joaquin River Madera Side by Larry Cusick

Clayton Dahlen

Common Myna_Hawaii by Clayton Dahlen
Kalij Pheasant_Hawaii by Clayton Dahlen
Saffron Finch_Hawaii by Clayton Dahlen
Spotted Dove_Hawaii by Clayton Dahlen
Zebra Dove_Hawaii by Clayton Dahlen
Yellow-billed Cardinal_Hawaii by Clayton Dahlen

George Folsom

Bank Swallow by George Folsom
Green-tailed Towhee by George Folsom
Sanderling by George Folsom
Semipalmated Sandpiper by George Folsom
Wilson's Phalarope by George Folsom

Robert Lutz

Juvenile Bald Eagle by Robert Lutz
White-faced Ibis by Robert Lutz

Birds in the News

Links to Recent Articles on Birds

Hooded Pitohui – The World’s First Scientifically-Confirmed Poisonous Bird

Hooded Pitohui

Wikipedia reports that in the same year that Jack Dumbacher made his serendipitous discovery, scientists preparing the carcasses of hooded pitohuis for museum exhibitions experienced numbness and burning when handling them. However, most sources credit Dumbacher for discovering the poisonous nature of the bird. He asked the natives of New Guinea about the pitohui and they all seemed to know about its toxicity. They called it “garbage bird”, as it gave a foul odor when cooked, and was only consumed as a last resort, when no other food source was available.

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How Swainson’s Hawks target bat prey in a swarm

A Swainson’s Hawk captures swarming Mexican free-tailed bats outside a bat cave in New Mexico. Photo by Caroline Brighton/Oxford Flight Group

A new study published in Nature Communications shows how hunting Swainson’s Hawks solve the problem of intercepting a single bat within a dense swarm. The findings increase our understanding of how predators select and track a target among thousands of potential prey.

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Scientists Discover Bird Species at Tip of South America

The 'Rayadito Subantartico' (Aphrastura subantarctica), is seen at Gonzalo island. Universidad de Magallanes-Centro Internacional Cabo de Hornos

Weighing just 0.035 pounds (16 grams), it’s understandable why the Subantarctic rayadito has only just been discovered. Scientists recently discovered the species on the Diego Ramírez Islands, off the southern tip of South America. The species is small with brown, black, and dark yellow feathers. But one of its most interesting features is the bird’s beak, which is large for the bird’s size despite the species being found in a grassy area without trees.

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Why Birds Changed Their Tune During the Pandemic

Male white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) sing to defend breeding territory. Scientists are not yet sure how pandemic-induced changes to their songs will affect the birds. DICK DANIELS / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

IN THE SPRING OF 2020, as eight million residents of the Bay Area hunkered down at home hoarding toilet paper and dried beans, the natural world sprang to life. By night, San Francisco’s darkened, deserted streets echoed with the howl of coyotes. By day, they filled with the song of birds. It wasn’t just that the pandemic-induced pause in activity made it easier to hear urban wildlife. Some animals adapted almost instantaneously to exploit soundscapes vacated by traffic and construction. In the unnatural quiet of the Bay Area, amid noise levels that hadn’t been heard since 1954, white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) changed their tune.

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Scientists Are Using These High-Tech Tools to Study Bird Migration

Migrating waterbirds over South Dakota’s Huron Wetland Management District on North America’s Central Flyway. Sandra Uecker, USFWS via Flickr under Public Domain

Although it still feels like beach weather across much of North America, billions of birds have started taking wing for one of nature’s great spectacles: fall migration. Birds fly south from the northern U.S. and Canada to wintering grounds in the southern U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, sometimes covering thousands of miles. Other birds leave temperate Eurasia for Africa, tropical Asia or Australia.

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Drumming woodpeckers use similar brain regions as songbirds

Downy woodpeckers (Dryobates pubescens) like this one drum rapidly on trees and gutters to compete for territory. A new study has shown that this behavior involves regions in the brain that closely resemble brain regions used by songbirds to learn songs. MARY KEIM/FLICKR (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Artist Adds Exquisite Bird Paintings To Vintage Book Pages That Describe Them

Vintage book pages merge with realistic renditions of birds in the art of Craig Williams. The Australia-based painter sources these unconventional canvases to create intentional juxtapositions between his art and printed text. This thoughtful combination results in pairings that appear to have been made for each other. Williams brings his background in zoology and experience working in museums and wildlife parks into his creative practice. Each of the bird portraits is done with faithful accuracy to the species. In many instances, the choice of bird relates to the book page that it is painted on. “The use of vintage book pages as the substrate brings an underlying story to the piece through the history of the books themselves which is often evident in the imperfect nature of the paper with blemishes, marks, creases, and wear,” he tells My Modern Met.

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Birdlife International’s State of The World’s Birds

Birds are better known and more widely studied than any other group of animals. They are popular and engaging, can be found in all countries, are generally easy to detect, identify and count, and their populations react to changes in the environment. This makes them excellent “ecological indicators”—by collating and analysing bird data, we not only understand their condition, but are also afforded an unparalleled insight into the health of the natural world as a whole. In effect, birds enable us to “take the pulse of the planet”.

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