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2009-05-18 07:10:00

After years of decline, bald eagles are springing forth with an aggressive appetite for great cormorant chicks.It's a phenomenon that threatens to wipe out the U.S. population.Some believe the eagles are finding less fish to eat and instead flying to Maine's remote rocky islands where they've been raiding the only known nesting colonies of great cormorants.In fact, the eagles are causing the numbers of the shiny black birds to fall from more than 250 pairs to 80 pairs since 1992."They're like...

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2009-04-17 09:45:57

A newly released study by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers evidence that in one breed of northern seabird, the size of males' feather crests may be more than simple ornamentation. Their study, published this month in of the Journal of Comparative Physiology B, shows that crest size may be a physical indicator of a male crested auklet's quality as a mate. Scientists have long noted that female auklets prefer males with larger crests. But until recently, they did not...

2009-01-06 21:45:00

Scientists are trying to determine what is causing California brown pelicans to become disoriented, wandering onto freeways or hitting boats. Scores of birds have been treated at rescue centers, The Orange County Register reported. In addition to disorientation, the pelicans' symptoms include weakness, and many are severely emaciated. One pelican actually hit a car in Los Angeles, said Rebecca Dmytryk of Wildrescue. One pelican hit a boat in Monterey last night. Scientists say some of the...

2008-12-24 09:24:59

An Atlantic seabird that stowed away on an airplane in Newfoundland and wound up thousands of miles away in landlocked Alberta will get another free trip home. The Shell oil company said it would pay to fly the black guillemot, of the turr species, to the easternmost province after it was found in a cargo hold of a private plane that arrived in Fort McMurray this week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Carol Kelly, executive director of the Medicine River Wildlife Center, told the CBC...

2008-10-04 12:00:12

By ALISON CHIESA MORE than 50 seabirds have died in one of the worst oil spills to hit the north Caithness coast this year, conservationists said yesterday . The dead birds have largely been recovered from beaches stretching from Scrabster to Dunnet. According to RSPB Scotland, th e incident is "by far the worst" of three such oil spills in the waters off the coastal area since May. Unlike two spills in the summer on the east Caithness coast, it is not being linked with the Beatrice...

2008-10-04 09:00:12

SCORES of oiled seabirds were washed ashore along a 20-mile stretch of the Caithness coast yesterday, sparking fears of an oil spill in the Pentland Firth. At least 50 birds were recovered between Thurso and Duncansby Head. Some birds had died, said RSPB Scotland. But the Scottish Environment Protection Agency stressed there was no evidence of oil pollution. (c) 2008 Scotsman, The. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

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2008-09-04 17:14:02

Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute reported Thursday that the tiny Arctic ivory gull has the highest known concentrations of PCBs, chemicals long used in the pesticide DDT along with plastics, paints and other products. The gull has set a new record as the bird most contaminated by the two prohibited toxins, the scientists said. There are currently about 14,000 ivory gulls, which inhabit areas from Canada to Siberia. The current research was conducted following reports that the...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

President Bush may be on the brink of doing something at odds with his record as one of the worst environmental stewards ever to inhabit the White House. He is considering setting aside three vast, remote corners of the Pacific Ocean for protection . In a memo last month, Bush directed his administration to develop a plan for creating sanctuaries in the waters around the Northern Mariana Islands, including the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest; Rose Atoll in American Samoa; and...

2008-08-14 00:00:23

The recent wet summers have been blamed for a decline in seabirds nesting and breeding in Westcountry waters. For the last two years, kittiwakes at colonies including the Isles of Scilly and Hallsands, in South Devon, have not produced any young. There have been reports of adult birds failing to complete their nests or lay eggs. Dr Russell Wynn, of the National Oceanography Centre, who has been working with other marine scientists and the RSPB, said seabirds had been deterred from the...

2008-07-27 21:00:19

This is the fifth in a series of columns on my trip to the Gal pagos Islands with KFI's Bill Handel and 100 of his friends and fans. We were getting into the routine - 6:30 a.m., time to rise and shine. After the previous day's outing, when we all saw our first blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas, the group was raring to go. Again, we broke into groups of 16 (the number of people on a zodiac) with the "kids" going first and the "not-so-fast-walkers" bringing up the rear. This...


Latest Seabird Reference Libraries

Great Frigatebird, Fregata minor
2013-01-01 16:09:21

The Great Frigate bird (fregata minor) is a big dispersive seabird in the frigatebird family. Their major nesting populations are found in the Pacific, including the Galapagos Islands and the Indian Oceans, plus a population in the South Atlantic. This bird is a lightly built large seabird up to 105 cm in length with feathers that are mostly black. This species shows sexual dimorphism; the female bird is bigger than the adult male with a white throat and breast, and the male’s scapular...

Great Shearwater, puffinus gravis
2013-01-01 14:28:01

The Great Shearwater (puffinus gravis) is a large shearwater in a seabird family called Procellariidae. There is unclear evidence of its relationships. The Great Shearwater belongs to a group consisting of large species that can be distinguished as genus Ardenna; within these, it might be associated with the other blunt-tailed black-billed species Short-tailed Shearwater and particularly the Sooty Shearwater. On the other hand, it could be a monotypic subgenus (ardenna sensu stricto), a...

Great Northern Loon, Gavia immer
2012-12-17 13:02:12

A large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds, this species is well-known as the Common Loon in North America and the Great Northern Diver in Eurasia; its current name is a compromise proposed by the International Ornithological Committee. There are 5 loon species that make up the genus Gavia, the only genus of the family Gavidae and order Gaviiformes. The Great Northern Loon is only one of those 5 species. The Yellow Billed Loon or the While Billed Diver is a large black headed...

Brandt’s Cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus
2012-03-22 22:57:32

Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus), is a species of marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds. It inhabits the Pacific coast of North America. Its summer range extends from Alaska to the Gulf of California. The populations north of Vancouver Island migrate south during the winter. The bird’s specific name, penicillatus, is Latin for ‘pencil of hairs,’ in reference to the white plumes on its neck and back during the early breeding season. The common name honors...

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2008-12-26 07:51:57

The South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki), is a species of seabird that is found on the Antarctic coasts. It is migratory and winters at sea in the Pacific Indian and Atlantic Oceans. In the eastern North Atlantic Ocean it is replaced by the Great Skua. It was formerly known as the MacCormick's Skua as its binomial was named after the naval surgeon Robert McCormick, who collected the type specimen. This is a large Skua which is nearly 21 inches long. It has a massive barrel chest...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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