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184 days ago / bird watcher
The Mystery Surrounding the Origins of the Hummingbird

Audubon.org Helps Provide Some Answers to the Hummingbird Mystery!

Hummingbird in flight
Hummingbirds, an avian family

From the excellent Audubon.org article focused on the hummingbird,…

Back in 1557, Jean de Léry published a journal of his travels to Brazil. In it was one of the first descriptions of hummingbirds to reach the Old World. Early European explorers like Léry had never seen anything like the fearless, tiny birds that buzzed around their heads when they reached the Americas. As a result, hummingbirds quickly joined the birds-of-paradise as must-haves for any natural history collection and Victorian drawing room. In 1851, the Crystal Palace in London exhibited more than 300 hummingbird specimens, dazzling crowds, along with Queen Victoria herself.

From Wikipedia.org:

Hummingbirds are birds native to the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5 cm (2.0 in) bee hummingbird weighing less than 2.0 g (0.07 oz).They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest. Of those species that have been measured in wind tunnels, their top speed exceeds 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph) and some species can dive at speeds in excess of 22 m/s (79 km/h; 49 mph)

Hummingbirds are one of our favorite bird families to follow and admire their beauty!

Hummingbird feeding

Sources: Aububon.org article

…and from Wikipedia.org:

Photos: Creative Commons photos:

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184 days ago / bird watcher
Video – Article on the Ringed Storm-Petrel

Ringed Storm-Petrel | American Bird Conservancy

https://abcbirds.org/bird/ringed-storm-petrel?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a8e1a37d-aa47-4186-8ca7-50ca61169e77 

As posted on the American Bird Conservancy website and YouTube Channel

BIRD OF THE WEEK: September 2, 2018SCIENTIFIC NAME: Oceanodroma hornbyi 
POPULATION: Unknown
IUCN STATUS: Data Deficient
TREND: Unknown
HABITAT: Open ocean along the coasts of Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Nests in deserts of northern Chile and Peru.

Source: Artical (Bird of the Week) September 2ndThank you for visiting our website, we hope to see you again!

 

184 days ago / bird watcher
Thayer Birding Software’s Young Birder Program


Young Birder Program
from Thayer Birding Software

 

Thayer Birding Software has a special announcement to make.

 

Attention all birding, nature, education and conservation organizations:

Starting September 21, 2018 any young birder in pre-K, grade school, middle school or high school will be able to receive a special code from you that will let them download the new version 7.7 of Thayer’s Birds of North America at NO COST.

This amazing birding software, for Windows or Mac computers, features the 1007 birds that have been seen in the continental U.S. and Canada. The software includes over 6,600 color photos, 1,500 songs and calls, 550 video clips of the birds in action, 700 quizzes and much, much more, as shown here: http://www.thayerbirding.com/v7-Features

Why are we doing this? Because the company founder, Peter W. Thayer, decided that this would be the perfect way to celebrate his 70thbirthday.

Pete went on to say “Over the past 24 years I have heard from thousands of folks who told me how much this birding program meant to them. I have been overwhelmed by the kind words and feedback we have received from people who are now professional bird guides, ornithologists, college professors and wildlife managers. They told me they used our program when they were growing up to learn more about the birds around them…and they still use it today!”

Now it is time to give back something to the birding community and to the millions of young birders (and potential young birders) who just need a spark to get them started on a life-long quest for knowledge about our natural world and the importance of preserving the habitat we still have. What better way than this to celebrate the year of the bird?

Click here to find out more about the Young Birder Program. If this looks like a wonderful resource for you to share with your young members, students, and/or your own children, be sure to use this special code BeautifulBirdsYoungBirder for your free Thayer Birding Software:

I have been using this excellent software for a number of years and highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about birds, especially all the future young birders eager to learn more about their favorite birds. Be sure to use the special code BeautifulBirdsYoungBirder to receive your free copy of the Thayer Birding Software!

 

Click here to learn more about this wonderful offer from Thayer Birding Software and the Young Birder Program

 

New Range Map for Marsh Wren

Here is a link to reviews and feedback we have received over the years:
http://www.thayerbirding.com/Home/Reviews-of-Thayer-products

And here is a link we have to help folks that may have a question:
http://www.thayerbirding.com/Get-Help

This program requires Windows 7 or higher or Mac OSX 10.9 or higher.

 

Be sure to share this with your students, teachers, and organizations that have young members who may be excited to start their birding adventure!

 

I look forward to hearing back from you. Leave a comment if you’d like to share your thoughts with others!

 

Thanks for visiting our website and we look forward to your frequent visits!

As a reminder, please note that we are an affiliate of Amazon, Coach Glue, Content Sparks, NOW Lifestyle, OptinMonster, Rebrandable Traffic, and other companies where we may earn reseller fees and commissions if a visitor makes a purchase after clicking on one of our images, posts, or links and visits the advertiser’s website.



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Mike Conkey

184 days ago / bird watcher
Thayer Birding Software’s Young Birder Program


Young Birder Program
from Thayer Birding Software

 

Thayer Birding Software has a special announcement to make.

 

Attention all birding, nature, education and conservation organizations:

Starting September 21, 2018 any young birder in pre-K, grade school, middle school or high school will be able to receive a special code from you that will let them download the new version 7.7 of Thayer’s Birds of North America at NO COST.

This amazing birding software, for Windows or Mac computers, features the 1007 birds that have been seen in the continental U.S. and Canada. The software includes over 6,600 color photos, 1,500 songs and calls, 550 video clips of the birds in action, 700 quizzes and much, much more, as shown here: http://www.thayerbirding.com/v7-Features

Why are we doing this? Because the company founder, Peter W. Thayer, decided that this would be the perfect way to celebrate his 70thbirthday.

Pete went on to say “Over the past 24 years I have heard from thousands of folks who told me how much this birding program meant to them. I have been overwhelmed by the kind words and feedback we have received from people who are now professional bird guides, ornithologists, college professors and wildlife managers. They told me they used our program when they were growing up to learn more about the birds around them…and they still use it today!”

Now it is time to give back something to the birding community and to the millions of young birders (and potential young birders) who just need a spark to get them started on a life-long quest for knowledge about our natural world and the importance of preserving the habitat we still have. What better way than this to celebrate the year of the bird?

Click here to find out more about the Young Birder Program. If this looks like a wonderful resource for you to share with your young members, students, and/or your own children, be sure to use this special code BeautifulBirdsYoungBirder for your free Thayer Birding Software:

I have been using this excellent software for a number of years and highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about birds, especially all the future young birders eager to learn more about their favorite birds. Be sure to use the special code BeautifulBirdsYoungBirder to receive your free copy of the Thayer Birding Software!

 

Click here to learn more about this wonderful offer from Thayer Birding Software and the Young Birder Program

 

New Range Map for Marsh Wren

Here is a link to reviews and feedback we have received over the years:
http://www.thayerbirding.com/Home/Reviews-of-Thayer-products

And here is a link we have to help folks that may have a question:
http://www.thayerbirding.com/Get-Help

This program requires Windows 7 or higher or Mac OSX 10.9 or higher.

 

Be sure to share this with your students, teachers, and organizations that have young members who may be excited to start their birding adventure!

 

I look forward to hearing back from you. Leave a comment if you’d like to share your thoughts with others!

 

Thanks for visiting our website and we look forward to your frequent visits!

As a reminder, please note that we are an affiliate of Amazon, Coach Glue, Content Sparks, NOW Lifestyle, OptinMonster, Rebrandable Traffic, and other companies where we may earn reseller fees and commissions if a visitor makes a purchase after clicking on one of our images, posts, or links and visits the advertiser’s website.



Thank you for visiting our website, we hope to see you again!



Mike Conkey


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