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Scientists Just Figured Out How This Bird Can Fly For Months Without Landing

The great frigate can stay aloft for 56 days by riding natural updrafts.<p>Plenty of birds fly vast distances on their migratory trips around planet Earth. But the most amazing of all might the frigate bird, which can stay aloft for <i>two months</i> straight without landing or resting. How the heck do they …

When a crow dies, other crows investigate

Crows may be the homicide detectives of the avian world.<p>Despite birds’ reputation for being, well, bird-brained, crows and other members of the corvid family—which includes ravens and magpies—are actually quite intelligent. They’ve shown an ability to understand basic cause-and-effect …

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Garbage-Fed Seagulls Are Spoiling Our Lakes and Reservoirs With Their Poop

Where there are landfills there are seagulls. An estimated 1.4 million of these opportunistic feathered critters feed on these vast tracts of waste …

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Birdwatching can lower stress and improve mental health, new studies reveal

It's time to get the binoculars out!<p>Spending time in nature and keeping your eyes peeled for any signs of bird life is always a pleasing way to pass …

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Bristol's wildlife wonders - Natures Home magazine uncovered - Our work

I love Bristol. It's a beautiful city and is where the fantastic team at Immediate Media who produce the RSPB magazines with us are based, so I …

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Find Cool Birds from Your Subaru Dashboard Using eBird

Some cars can lead you to the nearest latte or make dinner reservations at a Yelp-rated restaurant. But in certain new Subarus, your car can now …

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More than 800,000 birds illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus

A Red-backed Shrike trapped on a glue stick in Cyprus on British Territory. Photo: RSPB.<p><i>Posted on: 16 Mar 2017</i><p>Illegal trapping activity in 2016 is at …

How to Compose the Perfect Bird Photo

In the pursuit of making artistic bird photos that everyone can enjoy—both birder and non-birder alike—it’s important to think about the scene as a …

Black Phoebe

Calls<p>Call<p>Simple vocalization<p>Courtesy of Macaulay Library<br>© Cornell Lab of Ornithology.<p>Black Phoebes give <i>tsip</i> calls throughout the year during flight, …

Birdwatching from the North of Mallorca

If you are planning a trip to Mallorca with intention of doing some bird watching then the ideal places to stay are in the north of the Island which …

Wild generation: the rise of 'hipster twitchers' - Natures Home magazine uncovered - Our work

Earlier this week, the likes of <i>The Times</i> and<i>The Telegraph</i> ran stories about ‘hipster twitchers’ which essentially claimed that birding has become …

Bird Watching in England

<b>BIRDING IN ENGLAND</b> <b><br>By Glynn Burrows, Norfolk Tours UK</b><p>There is nothing I love to see more, in the white mist of early morning or the silvery light of …

13-year-old bird watcher looks out for his feathery friends

Liam Singh hopes to raise awareness for declining bird populations through his photography work<p>When most people walk into a park on a bright sunny …

Volunteering to help save little terns - Saving Species - Our work

<b>Every summer, teams of volunteer little tern wardens support the EU LIFE Little Tern Project by monitoring the beaches at sites around the UK where</b> …

The best binoculars for bird watching

With both the bird watching and butterfly spotting seasons underway, it's time to get your gear ready – and where better to start than with binoculars? They're essential for spotting butterflies hidden in trees and models with an ultra-close focusing function can help you to identify species you'd …

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Birdwatchers celebrate two new birding trails in Michigan

Michigan's Northwest Lower Peninsula is a paradise for birdwatchers.

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The top five reasons for feeding your garden birds this spring - Natures Home magazine uncovered - Our work

The sun is shining, the shorts are on and the garden is in full bloom. It’s time for looking after the bees and the butterflies, the bugs and the …

Bird Watching Presents – Christmas, Birthday, Retirement Gift Ideas for Bird Watchers

Bird watchers are really keen to out and about to track down interesting species of birds. If you are looking for Christmas, birthday or retirement …

Condors may soar over the Pacific Northwest again

A California Condor at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Scott Flaherty/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service<p>Although many birders think of …

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Alleged hen harrier shooting case dropped - Skydancer - the UK's hen harriers - Skydancer

In case you missed it, RSPB have just published film footage of a former gamekeeper allegedly shooting a hen harrier on Cabrach Estate, Morayshire, …

Our Writer’s Beach Vacation Coincided with The World Series of Birding, So She Went

The biggest sporting event of the year took place this weekend: The World Series of… Birding! It’s just like the regular World Series except replace …

BBC World Service - The Science Hour, Birdwatching from Space

For the first time, conservationists can monitor Northern Royal albatrosses from space. Normally, twitchers would don a raincoat and venture into their breeding grounds on the remote Chatham Islands in New Zealand but using satellites, scientists can now count them from the comforts of their office.<p>…

10,000 Birds | A Global Big Day Strategy for Costa Rica

If you are a birder and can’t help but put most or all of your results into eBird, then you are no doubt birding somewhere today, May 13th. Global …

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Birding in San Diego

Grab Your Binoculars and Your Camera Bag<p>From the majestic Great Blue Herons and the Great Egrets seen in the winter to the Snowy Plovers and the …

Two persecuted peregrines, three surviving chicks: one successful rescue mission - Investigations - Our work

<i>UPDATE: 8/6/17</i><p><b>Reaching new heights for conservation - guest post by Mark Thomas, RSPB Investigations</b><p>Yesterday the sight of a scruffy, fluffy …

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10,000 Birds | Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2017)

Global Big Day 2017 is in the books, with <b>15,954 participants</b> submitting 40,698 checklists to eBird accounting for <b>6,068 species</b>… so far. What a …

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Jack Pine Juggernauts: What Will Happen to Kirtland’s Warblers After Delisting?

<i>From the Summer 2017 issue of</i> Living Bird<i> magazine. Subscribe now.</i>Amid a sea of scrubby jack pine, several scientists gather as a male Kirtland’s …

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'Mouse Kabobs' and Saliva: Why Animals Give Strange Gifts

Let's just say it often involves sex.<p>During this festive season, Weird Animal Question of the Week couldn’t help wondering: Are there any other animals that give gifts? And are their gifts any good?<p>Great Things in Small Packages<p>Dead bugs and body parts may not seem appealing to us, but they're …

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