Posts Tagged ‘ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ’

Thank you for the Birds and for The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

f5a4f016-d384-48ca-a4ce-f7042b6656dcThe Prothonotary Warbler was voted as the winning warbler to be featured in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s centennial mural. This Thanksgiving, all the world’s Prothonotary Warblers are settling in for a meal of caterpillars and flies in their winter homes in the mangrove forests of Central America and the Caribbean. They’ll return to the swamps and wetlands of eastern North America around April. Photo by Laura Erickson

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Crows’ Roost, Hartford, a haibun by Donna Fleischer & Video “Caw vs. Croak: Inside the Calls of Crows and Ravens”

Crows’ Roost, Hartford

Another attempt by man to reach the stars. This time in 1918 Insurance Capital of the world Hartford, CT, when work began on the city’s first skyscraper, the Travelers Tower, named after the Travelers Insurance Company. Workers at the building site raucously complained about the damn noise, the damn bird shit from all those crows. A predator, the Peregrine Falcon, was introduced to drive them off, long before the mid 1900s when DDT put the Peregrine on the endangered species list. Seems the Travelers Peregrine Falcon was formalized into a program in 1997 when the fledgling Amelia, raised in captivity, was brought to the Tower and returned for nesting ever since, until the Spring of 2011. How to know why?

And what about those damn crows? These days their roost numbers in the thousands. They have flourished since their 1918 eviction, maybe by making the University of Hartford campus and outlier property abutting Mark Twain Drive and the housing projects their main home. From there they make a daily 35-mile circle, taking in Elizabeth Park, Trinity College, the Hartford Seminary, the West Hartford and Bloomfield Reservoirs, even just over the border into western Massachusetts. I’ve seen them in our travels and very glad to when I do. They post sentries while the community feeds and the oldest eat first. They make a rich language of 150 different sounds, know how to use tools, and possess a fine memory.

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on the crow’s wing
early Spring

Donna Fleischer
Contemporary Haibun Online
April 2013, vol 9, no 1

Voices: Common Loon :: the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

It’s worthwhile to read Thoreau’s remarkable passage on loons in Walden Pond ~

Eastern Bluebirds / Cornell Lab of Ornithology


~ thanks, Susan Danis, for your sharing!

The Great Backyard Bird Count / Cornell Lab’s Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity

the Eastern bluebird (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Snow Petrel / Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

One Snow Petrel on the Bow (Antarctica) Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2011

A Book Review: “A Year on the Wing” by Tim Dee / All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A Year on the Wing – Summer 2010 L, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Project FeederWatch Asks Connecticut Residents to Help with Winter Bird Counts / Courant.com

 

 

Project FeederWatch Asks Connecticut Residents To Help With Winter Bird Counts – Courant.com.