Latest Bird watching News

Volunteers band together on project to investigate owls

Oct. 25, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After three fruitless journeys into the darkness, Sonia Martinez and her daughter, Isabel, finally hit paydirt. There, in mist nets the Martinezes had helped install an hour earlier, were two tiny northern saw-whet owls. Lured to the Carpenter St....

Forest hawk listed as endangered, but falconer disagrees

Oct. 23, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — On Jacks Mountain, where the trees showed hints of gold and orange, raptors took flight on an autumn afternoon, hitching a free ride on warm updrafts all along the ridge. Mike Dupuy, a master in the sport of falconry, can see them, even miles away,...

Minnesota hawk watchers gear up for peak migration season

Oct. 04, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — When he was a carpenter in Mankato, fall could be a dismal time for Jim Amundson. He became keenly aware of the hours he would soon have to spend outside working in frigid, snowy conditions. Now he can’t wait for September and October to arrive....

Wisconsin birding club seeks to make hobby more inclusive

Oct. 02, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — “Lifer! Lifer!” Roman Pommerening excitedly pointed to the bright yellow bird flitting through the brush. At just 6 years old, Roman, who has already identified about 100 birds, added the magnolia warbler to his ever-growing list of birds spotted for the first time...

Illinois proving popular route for American white pelicans

Sep. 19, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A kind of bird that not that long ago was so rare in Illinois that people traveled hours just to catch a glimpse of one have lately been winging their way through the Chicago area. Snow-white 30-pound birds called the American white pelican are on their...

Colombian teen draws, donates bird guide to raise awareness

Sep. 17, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry....

Hundreds of migrating songbirds crash into NYC skyscrapers

Sep. 16, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city's glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer's tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses. ...

Bird migration starts with some unruly starlings

Sep. 12, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Thick chattering flocks of European starlings are a common sight in South Florida this time of year, products of a Shakespeare fan’s long-ago folly but a hint that summer’s fire will soon extinguish. The stocky black birds, an invasive...

Songbird deaths in Indiana, other states remain a mystery

Sep. 06, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators still don’t know what’s killing songbirds around Indiana and other states — and, experts say, they may never find out. Researchers started receiving reports of sick songbirds in June. While at first the birds were just found in a...

Hunting theme no longer mandatory in US duck stamp contest

Aug. 26, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Artists will no longer have to incorporate hunting imagery to win a coveted spot for their work on the federal duck stamp, a reversal of a Trump-era requirement. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it's eliminating the “celebrating our waterfowl...