Swifts can fly for 10 months without stopping

Many of us have heard about the ability of birds to travel long distances. But a recent study published in Current Biology shows that in addition to the remarkable distance swifts fly (often between Europe and Subsaharan Africa), they often don’t even stop along their journey.  A key finding of the study was that the 19 monitored birds spent more than 99% […]

By | 2016-10-31T02:37:15+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Categories: Birds|1 Comment

2016 Abaco Parrot Survey

Here is a link to the 2016 report and a quick summary from Frank Rivera-Milan from the US Fish and Wildlife Service…

Attached you will find a brief report showing the most salient results from the parrot survey. The parrot population continues to increase with numbers reaching 7,803 individuals (95% confidence interval = 6,511-9,351) in a survey region covering 36,325 […]

By | 2017-02-07T20:21:11+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Categories: Birds|0 Comments

Goats and Birds

This paper describes an interesting interaction – how goats may affect habitat quality for other animals. In this case for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler on Eleuthera. See the author’s summary below – it is an easy paper to follow. (I wonder if my goats in Texas improved habitat for any birds?)

Author’s summary – As part of an experimental study of using controlled […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:56+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Birds|1 Comment

The limpkin

There are many secretive critters here on Abaco. One of them is the limpkin. I often hear them in the bush and sometimes glimpse them skulking away into dense coppice. Their secretive nature keeps them from close inspection. Unfortunately, this recent road kill on the Cherokee rd. will probably be the only time I get to see one […]

By | 2016-01-29T03:49:05+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Categories: Birds|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Recorded History of Plover Jonesy

Verbatim from our local reporter. Amazing how far that small of a bird can travel.

  1. Banded as an adult male on 6/4/15 on the coast of Rhode Island by Peter Paton (Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources Science, Univ. of Rhode Island).
  2. Last detected up north on July 16 in southern Rhode Island.  Unsuccessfully attempted to nest at Sandy Point, RI.
  3. Spotted by intrepid […]
By | 2015-11-04T14:12:19+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Birds, development, migration|0 Comments

Piping Plovers at Winding Bay

Local report on plovers on the Winding Bay beach……

I walked Winding Bay beach on Thursday and saw 18 piping plovers.  One of them was banded, which was pretty exciting – Todd Pover thinks probably in Massachusetts.  This photo is not a great photo, but there  are AT LEAST 8 piping plovers in it – shows how hard they are […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:10+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Birds, migration|3 Comments

Oyster Catcher Nesting

Intrepid naturalist Ali sent this paper along. We have seen one nesting site on the Riding Cays in the Bight of Old Robinson, which is consistent with the paper suggesting they nest on rocky shores in the northern Bahamas.  An easy paper to read through. Thanks Ali.

By | 2015-08-29T10:29:19+00:00 August 29th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, Birds|0 Comments

Wetland Fragmentation and Bird Communities

Dinorah Chacin’s paper on Abaco bird wetland communities is out.  Counter to our a priori expectations, she found no differences in the communities of birds found on the blocked (by roads) and unblocked sides.  This suggests that even wetlands that have been fundamentally affected by fragmentation following road construction can still serve as valuable bird habitat.  It is an […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Categories: Birds, development, Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|0 Comments