Blackbirds and Black birds

  [caption id="attachment_8356" align="alignleft" width="300"] Male Brewer's Blackbird[/caption] A well known blackbird  is the Brewer’s Blackbird. This common blackbird gets its name from a prominent 19th Century Boston naturalist who started his professional career as an M.D. with a degree from Harvard and later developed a passion for birds.  As…

The Canary Bird

   My wife and I ended a three week cruise of the west coast of Africa by visiting one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish protectorate, west of Morocco. The Canary Islands are a semi-tropical vacation haven for residents of Europe, comparable to Hawaii for U.S. residents. Like many island nations, it…

Avian Vocalists

Around your bird feeder, in the shrubs, or overhead in the sky you can hear birds making sounds all through the year, but during courtship and nesting in the spring oral communications between birds are much more obvious and frequent. Briefly, songs are complex sounds typically used during breeding season…

Birds and Airplanes

In 2009, there were 10,000 reported incidents of airplanes and birds colliding, the most famous of which resulted in the landing of a passenger jet in the Hudson River. Bird strikes, as they are called, are increasing because the skies are getting more crowded with airplanes. The birds most often…