Do Birds Mate for Life?

I often hear that birds mate for life. It's much more complicated. Yes, some birds like waterfowl and seabirds and eagles tend to have long term pair bonds and they may actually stay together for life. This "marriage" certainly makes life easier as it minimizes annual courtship, nesting, and territorial…

Birds Lost at Sea

[caption id="attachment_10220" align="alignleft" width="676"] Fieldfare[/caption] As I write this, I am at sea about 600 miles east of the Caribbean. Very few birds are in the middle of the ocean here except for the occasional shearwater. But yesterday we had some unusual avian visitors. First I saw a white egret…

The Bone Breaker

Until 2016, Canada did not have a national birds. You would think it would be the loon as the dollar coin which pictures this bird is known as the "loonie." And the look was popular in a poll to pick the national bird. However, after some discussion. the Gray Jay…