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Originally posted by Comberman
But the good news is that even the smallest, unlikeliest of gardens or backyards will be adopted by birds if they can be attracted into it. Plant a tree or buy a bag of peanuts.
Goodness, I appear to be sounding off. My apologies if it appears to be so.
Olympic pigeons lose their way
Publish Date : 9/24/2004 12:52:00 PM Source : Onlypunjab.com Team
Romanian pigeon fanciers blame television satellites after their birds got lost on the way home from the Athens Olympics.
They released 850 homing pigeons in Athens last month - but say only 50 of them have managed to find their way home.
Mihai Popescu, one of Romania's top pigeon breeders, told Libertatea newspaper: "My first pigeon arrived home after eight days of travelling.
"Normally the distance from Greece to Romania cannot take more than one day."
Another breeder from Arad, Radu Dragan, said: "We've been to competitions of this kind before but never have so many pigeons got lost.
"We believe one of the main causes for this is the big number of satellites used for television broadcasting.
"Another cause could be the military radars located on Greek territory. All these affected pigeons' senses of orientation and they never found their way back home."
Pigeons fanciers said they expected only a fifth of the birds to get lost on the way but lost almost all of them.
Public Turning In Flood Of Dead Birds For Testing
The state Health Department said it has seen a spike in the number of dead bird the public is submitting to be tested for the West Nile Virus.
On Wednesday, residents turned in 42 birds from Oahu and Kauai. That's up from last week when the state first announced that a Maui sparrow initially tested positive for the virus.
Health officials are still waiting for confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta because it's possible the initial finding was a false positive.
State officials said they don't want to take any chances and are stepping up their bird-monitoring program.
"We are seeing doves, sparrows, mynahs, buboes and there was one chicken, which is normally not what we would see," said Wes Warashina, of the DOH.
Officials said birds are generally a good indicator for the presence of West Nile.
Nearly Half European Birds Species at Risk
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Over 40 percent of all bird species in Europe face an uncertain future and some are so threatened that they may disappear soon due to intensive agriculture and climate change, scientists said on Monday.
Many bird species, including the house sparrow, starling, wood warbler and corn bunting, have been declining alarmingly, BirdLife International said in a report.
"The number of bird species in trouble across Europe is rising," said BirdLife, a British-based conservation group.
The report identifies 226 species, or 43 percent of all European bird types, as being threatened. Many of them are declining, while other populations have failed to recover from large declines seen in the 1970s and 1980s.
A number of bird species could disappear in the very near future if immediate action is not taken, warned the report "Birds in Europe," due to be presented at a European conference on biodiversity in the Netherlands later on Monday.
Originally posted by masterp
The magnetic field of Earth is changing.
Minnesota bird deaths are a mystery for state officials
Minnesota has been looking into a bird mystery since the discovery of at least 50 songbirds found floating dead in Lake Superior in early September.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) collected the 50 dead songbirds from 200 to 800 yards off shore in an eight-mile stretch of the Lake Superior between Grand Marais and the Brule River mouth.
The birds were primarily Swainson's thrushes, white-throated sparrows and a number of warblers. The DNR noted that record numbers of songbirds were reported at Hawk Ridge, at Duluth, Minn., on Sept. 7.
The DNR doubts that either disease or poisons are involved.
"Apparently, the bird kill was caused by a weather phenomenon," said Dave Ingebrigtsen, DNR's wildlife manager in Grand Marais. "A disease outbreak would not affect such large numbers over such a short time span. Pollution or contaminant exposure is not a likely cause of this mortality, because of the lack of any identifiable potent source."
One possible cause would be winds and weather conditions. The DNR noted that if the landed in the water, they wouldn't be able to take off again. It also stated that there were some strong wind gusts to 40 miles per hour. They called it a "lake wind effect" which may have caught the birds in the early morning hours.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
I had to dig this thread up after hearing about a local bird incident.
This story was reported on two local news stations here in South Florida, I have yet to find a link, but I am working on it.
Yesterday, 10-15 birds (looked like blackbirds or crows) were found dead and dying in an area around a gas station. There was construction going on in the area (Miami area) and workers reported seeing the flock of birds flying around and suddenly some of them dived straight into the ground killing themselves, others fell to the floor and died slowly twitching. The birds were all stiff by the time the reporters were on the scene.
I was wondering if perhaps the construction in the area could have released some gas or something that could have affected the birds?? I can't understand what would cause a dozen birds to just drop from the sky.
will update with a link as soon as I find one.
Originally posted by jeepin4x4girl
I witnessed a similar experience the other day. As I was leaving to go to the mall, I stepped outside and heard a ruckus in the trees, I would say about 1,000 or more blackbirds were flying back and forth, seeming to be unsettled, scared, worried, they flew back and forth, thousands of them, from branch to branch, the whole flock traveled back and forth making such a racket. Some of them dove right into each other, thus knocking themselves to the ground. Also, some of them drove right into the trees.
This whole ordeal went on for about maybe 20 minutes, unusually long, and unusually weird behavior for any kind of bird species I've seen.
When I returned home I checked the ground and there were many dead blackbirds on the ground below the trees where they plunged to their death.
[edit on 9/20/2005 by jeepin4x4girl]
Originally posted by Ptolomeo
Did you see the movie "The day after tomorrow"?
Birds using the magnetic field of the earth to move around can have serious problems if this field has failures, blackouts.
What if, for a while, on specific places, something goes wrong and the magnetic field fails working?
Have you seen the movie? Well, something similar to what you mention, happens to the birds. I think it would be great if someone could tell us the kind of bird it was and if they use the magnetic field of the earth to fly... That would confirm it.
On the other hand, I wonder... If it really means we are facing magnetic failures, can it be worse?
By the way, looking for some info. on this subject, I found the following:
The truth behind
Click on the truth behind the Day after Tomorrow and compare science fiction and facts. It is amazing!
Sentinel Warning: What may the birds be telling us?