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BIRD NERD GIFTS | Your One-Stop Birding Gift Shop!

http://www.birdnerdgifts.com/ The baby-snatcher formerly known as BumApples resents those who thumb-up their own sites, but what can I say – I’m shameless. Given that my very StumbleUpon existence was founded upon the intention of promoting my other web store, I think six years’ worth of restraint is cause for some spam-happy celebration. On that note, […]

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Scented mist drove vultures from Haile – Local – BradentonHerald.com

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/story/1185021.html School district officials employed an experimental weapon to drive the huge birds away: The smell of grape bubble gum, better-known by its scientific name, methyl anthranilate. Methyl anthranilate, or – as my friend insists on calling it – “purple flavour”!

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snopes.com: Amazing Duck Story

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/amazingduck.asp Very cute story, though Brits and Aussies should be forewarned that the verb “shag” has a very different application in America.

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Survival of the dumbest | Environment | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/apr/14/endangeredspecies The Guardian notes the efforts of conservationists to protect a species of bird that seems to want to hasten its extinction. I’ll catch hell from my ornithologist sister for this, but I can’t help but find it all pretty funny, particularly the image of a flock of endangered birds being driven to their next […]

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Big Sur Bird Banding

http://www.pelicannetwork.net/bigsur.bird.banding.htm My sister, Kinglets, is now a fully-fledged (ahem) field ornithologist. For those of you who ever wondered what that entails, this page offers an excellent overview.

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7762039 The next time you take a Thai Airways flight to China, a passenger with a wingspan of 9.2 feet and a taste for rotting carcasses may also be on board… Dick Cheney flies coach?

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Collective Nouns for Birds

http://www.palomaraudubon.org/collective.html Is there anything more enjoyable than uncovering a new squee of collective nouns?

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http://www.devilducky.com/media/46386/ More on David Attenborough later, as I’m busy listening to his Zoo Quest for a Dragon audiobook, but I must link to this fantastic video from his Life of Birds series. This is a lyrebird, second to none as a mimic, even if it involves cribbing from the local humans. Given the sounds it […]

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http://puffin.bird.audubon.org/ My sister hasn’t yet gotten a Stumble account, so I’m forced to blog sites like this on her behalf. Probably for the best, since puffins make her squeefully incoherent.

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All About Cockatoos – MyToos.com

http://www.mytoos.com/ Important info for anyone thinking about buying a large bird. They’re beautiful and personable, but demanding pets.

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