Plastic Owls

I was contacted by a Real Simple Magazine writer a few years ago asking if putting a plastic owl in a window would prevent songbirds from hitting the glass. My slightly smart-alecky answer was that an Elvis doll would be as effective as a plastic owl. Shortly after the article…

Birds and Folklore

[caption id="attachment_9593" align="alignleft" width="641"] Bald Eagle[/caption] I’m not sure I know the difference between myths and folklore, but it seems that myths are deep-seated, mystical, significant stories and folklore is a narrower and less significant collection of beliefs. And then there is just boloney. Like the old saw that says…

Latin for Birdwatchers

[caption id="attachment_9577" align="alignleft" width="317"] Timber Press[/caption] My wife and I wrote a book on birds. This one was a bit more challenging than others I have written. It’s called “Latin for Birdwatchers.” Nunc hoc in marmore non est incisum … Like every scientific discipline and related endeavors, there are many words derived…
  A few years ago I visited  Kamchatka, a peninsula in far eastern Russia, 2000 miles across the Bering Strait from Anchorage, Alaska. In recent years this area has become a destination for fishermen from around the world because of the number of rivers and the abundance of fish, mostly…

Hummingbird Red

I get called or e-mailed once in awhile because someone has the problem of hummingbirds getting trapped in their garage. It happened to me a couple of times before I figured it out. If you have an electronic garage door opener, it has a safety pull which you can pull…

Migration TIme Again

  The birds of the north are moving to their winter headquarters in more hospitable parts of the hemisphere like the southern and southwest U.S., valleys and coastlines, all the way down to parts of South America. They move south in the winter to escape the cold that will soon…

Tweety Birds

  California changed the name of its Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Some hunters and sports store owners were opposed to this, because they fear that the Humane Society will have influence and that the department will care more about “tweety birds.” Well, I think…

First, Do No Harm

Birds, songbirds as well as all others, have a tough time surviving. See my latest book, Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs for fascinating details. Science can help save many birds but it's hard to protect them against the idiotic behavior of some of our human species. I read in the…
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