Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HEY BIRDERS! Just wanted to say happy spring! The black-capped chickadees are out and about, and the robins, red-winged blackbirds, and pretty much everything else should be out soon! Don't have any bird photos yet, and I most likely will not until after June 6th! Sorry!
Lots of precipitation, and surprisingly not a lot of birds. Oh, well. I did find a TERRIFIC  web site on birds sounds of North America, and it's absolutely FREE! I've posted the link:  http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp this link should work, but if it doesn't, I'll find a way to get it up and running as fast as I can! Thanks!
A couple weeks ago an oil spill occurred in Galveston, Texas, releasing 170,000 gallons of oil. This may seem large, but really it's nothing compared to the BP Gulf of Mexico spill, which released around 12,000,000 gallons of oil. It's Nothing to be too concerned about, and I'm sure it will be taken care of. If you feel the need, though, you can donate to efforts on the Audubon Society's website.
I've decided that I'm going to give a fun fact every week from now on, so here goes! Did you know that some owls' eyes have been recorded to be almost as last large as humans? Or that their uncanny eyesight is caused by an extremely large quantity of rods in their eyes, which are what allow light to come in? Or that scientists have tested their hunting skills in pitch black, and owls have succeeded? This could hypothetically lead you to the prediction that owls have echolocation, but then again, if they can see in dark so much better than us, what is pitch black for us might not be pitch black for them!
Happy spring, and of course, happy birding! So long from Bird Blogger MT!

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