With some basic woodworking skills you too, can craft your own replica architectural bird house. The time and detail put into handcrafting the replica bird house will make it a truly unique and personal work of art. By following the same steps we follow at New England Birdhouse, you’ll be able to create a one of a kind architectural replica birdhouse of your own.View full post
Think you know your backyard bird songs and calls? Take this short video quiz from Birds and Blooms magazine to find out. How many bird songs and calls did you get right?View full post
The population of the wood duck has increased a great deal in the last several years. This increase has been in large part due to the work of many people locating wood duck boxes and conserving vital habitat for the wood ducks to breed.
The following information is provided to help with the design, construction and placement of wood duck nest boxes. More free wood duck birdhouse plans can be downloaded here.View full post
Do you like seeing birds in your backyard? If you would like to see more, follow New England Birdhouse’s Top 5 Tips for a “Bird-Friendly Backyard”.
Tip #1 – Safety First: Where we see beauty in the vibrant red flash of a male cardinal, a cat sees lunch. Keeping cats away from bird feeders can be difficult if not impossible, unless the cat is kept indoors. Unfortunately many people believe that if they put a cat out the front door, their backyard birds will not be threatened – not true. Cats eat birds, other birds notice and all birds go away – so keep your cats inside.View full post
The foothills of northern Wyoming’s Big Horn mountains are home to the Sharp-Tailed Grouse and their mating arena known as a “lek”. Thirty male and female Sharp-Tailed Grouse gather on this small baseball diamond sized grassy hilltop. The grouse live in communities with up to two dozen males “displaying” in one Lek. A community’s Lek is used for years… even decades.
Each morning, just before dawn, males stake out territories of less than 10 square meters, on which they dance to attract a mate. When rivals approach a territorial boundary, they quickly move from dancing to a tense face to face stand-off. Male Sharp Taled Grouse battle, their wings fan to make themselves appear larger. Their tails quiver with tension. Males in the lek fight for up to 6 hours each day, repeatedly defending from attacks from all sides.
Battles move fast, with attack and counter-attack going by in a blur of feathers. High speed video, slowing time, reveals these battles to be tactical coordinated combat. Beaks, wings and claws become weapons, used with precision. Fights begin with a stab at the head, with the eye comb a frequent target. This fleshy colorful patch above the eye may be engorged or deflated. Combatants partially expand their eye combs during battle, perhaps signaling their readiness to fight. Injury to the eye comb, may reduce a males attractiveness to the opposite sex.View full post
Backyard birding has been around a lot longer than you may have thought, as American colonists attracted birds with clay “bird bottles” placed under …View full post
The Battle for Bats: White Nose Syndrome is a video sponsored by the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service about devastating impact of White Nose Syndrome on bat populations in the northeast US and beyond. The video provides an explanation of what is currently being done to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome, and which organizations are together to find a solution.View full post
Andy Thompson of “Bird Watcher’s Digest” shows Harry Smith of the CBS Morning News, some of the great new products available for backyard birders including the water wiggler, audubon nesting boxes, and the Identiflyer. Great video for backyard birding basics, including a segment on field guides, bird feeders and squirrel proofing.View full post
Identifying the diversity of birds migrating through your area is made easier with a bird identification field guide. A wide variety of field guides are available for the beginner to advanced birder, with drawings or photos so you can surely find a good fit for your needs.
Each field guide provides narrative details about the diagnostic features of each bird. Diagnostic features are a set of characteristics that are unique to each type of bird, and thus define it as that species.
Field guides also include range maps that indicate where the species occur and its seasonal status (summer, winter, spring/fall, year round resident). Most guides also include tips regarding the species’ preferred habitats and descriptions of their sounds.
Best Field Guides for Beginners & Intermediate Birding Enthusiasts
Stokes Beginners Guide to Eastern Birds
Stokes Beginners Guide to Eastern Birds
Sometimes beginners can get overwhelmed by too much information; therefore, an ideal solution is a guide that narrows it down to the birds you are likely to see in the birder’s area.View full post
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The rule implements federal protections provided by the ESA for the Cantabrian capercaillie, Marquesan imperial pigeon, Eiao Marquesas reed-warbler, greater adjutant, Jerdon’s courser, and slender-billed curlew.
If the pair’s breeding effort is successful at Midway Atoll Refuge, it would mark the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of Japan in modern history.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a report recommending closing human access to caves and mines where bats with white-nose syndrome are hibernating in an area more than 250 miles from other WNS-affected caves and mines.
The oldest known U.S. wild bird – a coyly conservative 60 — is a new mother. The bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was …
Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research. …
Researchers found that deforestation in the New England area at that time produced significant soil erosion, increasing sediment delivery rates — the natural flow of sand and soil in water systems. The large amounts of sediment traveling in rivers and streams to the coastline spurred a significant period of wetland growth, leading to marshes lining the coast of New England that today are abnormally large.