This is a cool video that chronicles some really interesting Blue Jay behavior. The videographer captures Blue Jay fledglings and their unexpected interactions with a very large wasp nest.
Author and prolific blogger Melissa Mayntz recently published her new book, Migration: Exploring the Remarkable Journeys of Birds. The illustrated book is available in hardcover (linked here) or for Kindle.
The book covers a huge variety of topics related to migration, including different reasons that birds migrate, how they follow their routes, and what they do to prepare for the journey. Myths surrounding migration are also covered.
Migration also features species profiles of birds that have unusual or extreme migration, like the Arctic Tern with its epic pole-to-pole migration journey.
If you've ever been interested in learning more about the hows and whys of bird migration, give Migration by Melissa Mayntz a look.
Well, you can imagine I would be interested in a movie called The Hide, right? The Hide is a British thriller starring Alex MacQueen and Phil Campbell. It seems to only be available in PAL/region 2 format. Bummer, because it sounds interesting:
On the windswept Suffolk mudflats creaks a bird-hide, inside which hovers Roy Tunt, a prematurely aged, mildly obsessive-compulsive birder. With one more sighting - the elusive sociable plover - he will have 'twitched' the entire British List. Tunt has his shortwave radio, packed-lunch and a portrait of his ex-wife Sandra for company. Suddenly, in the midst of a conversation with Sandra's portrait, the hide door blows open and a bedraggled stranger - unshaven, edgy and bloodied introduces himself as Dave John, a fugitive from the storm. After a tense introduction, the two men discover that they have a good deal in common, sharing sandwiches, tea and personal exchanges which are frank, poignant and often funny. As the two men begin to form a close bond news of a police manhunt sets them both on edge driving their fragile relationship to a tragic conclusion.
It seems this title is available streaming on Amazon, but not in the United States. Here's the trailer:
Have you seen The Hide? What did you think of it? Was Red-tailed Hawk one of the rare ticks found by the main character? Because it sure sounds like one in the trailer. ;)
With most major sports out of commission during the Covid-19 pandemic, lots of activities still remain, including birding. Lots of outdoor hobbies, including birdwatching, have both stepped up and seen an increase in interest from the general public during times of lockdown and "safer at home" initiatives. This fun spoof design elevates birding to the major leagues.
This highlighted shirt is called Major League Birder, and is done in the style of professional major league sports logos. A birder is shown in white silhouette against a red and blue background. This fun logo spoof design looks great against a black background like on the women's classic t-shirt shown here.
Visit the The Zen Birdfeeder's review of the book for details on how to enter this giveaway. Get your name in before the end of the month in order to be eligible for the drawing.
This one is super easy to enter for U.S. and Canada residents! Peterson Guides is giving away 25 copies of their moth poster in celebration of Moth Week 2015. Just fill out the form and you're entered! Winners will be notified on July 28th so enter before then to get your name in the running.
The poster is a promo giveaway for the popular Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. Good luck!