Our own little Pantanal

Posted August 17th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

For those unaware, the Pantanal is quite simply the world’s largest extant wetland. It includes portions of three countries (Brazil, Paraquay, and Bolivia) and covers about 75,000 square miles. Needless to say, this zone is home to an astounding array of flora and fauna. It is said 1,000 species of birds call the Pantanal home [...]

The stuff of monster movies

Posted August 17th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a praying mantis around here although with something like 2,200 species worldwide I wouldn’t doubt we have some. A good friend of mine who lives in Apex, No. Car., send me this image recently. The insect itself is somewhat out of focus but believe me, these things mean business. [...]

Hey, I know this guy

Posted August 16th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

It took me a while to get to but the wait was worth it. Some time ago I purchased a book titled A Parrot without a Name, by Don Stap. Recently I got around to reading it. Taken as nothing more than a travelogue it is good. But for bird nuts it’s really good. The author [...]

Introduction to the new and the fresh

Posted August 12th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (1).

A fellow named Greg Neise has started a website for birders called the North American Birders’ Forum. I went ahead and signed up (free) and have just begun to dip my toe into this new pool. At first glance I notice one thing–it’s nicely set up with easy-to-use tabs and good photography. There seems to [...]

Admitting errors a tough pill

Posted August 12th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Someone on ID-Frontiers fired a salvo across cyberspace the other day and it didn’t go unanswered. It was merely a link to a study done at a California hawk watching/counting site. The abstract detailed an analysis of the rate of error among bird counters pertaining specifically to the two difficult-to-separate Accipiters, sharp-shinned hawk and Cooper’s [...]

New tricks for old dogs

Posted August 11th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

If you are like me you came to this birding hobby somewhat later in life. And when we did most of us ogled the field guides, went out with like-minded individuals and started learning the local birds. One critical point which was probably pointed out by early mentors–and one I likely glossed over–was sound. Indeed, [...]

Technology lifting yet another veil

Posted August 9th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

I ran across a guy’s name in the article–Mark Martell–and so read the story with heightened interest. I had met Mark a couple of times while he was working for the Minnesota Raptor Center. He annually shows up in Fargo to help band the peregrine falcon chicks hatched on one of our downtown banks. He is currently [...]

What does “pelagic” mean?

Posted August 6th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

I can’t recall when I first heard this word. Perhaps it was during my college days, now a distant memory. If so, it was likely in a plant ecology class or something similar. Once becoming a passionate birder some years ago, however, I came to not only understand the word but hear it with much consistency. From Random House [...]

ND Birding Society

Posted August 5th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comments (3).

Could have mentioned this sooner but here goes: The “fall” get-together of the North Dakota Birding Society will take place this weekend in Oakes, ND Plans are to meet at 0630, Saturday morning, at the Travel Inn…I think it’s called that. There can’t be that many motels in Oakes however. In any case, all are [...]

When lifers come in the mail

Posted August 5th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

The 51st supplement to the AOU’s checklist of North American birds is out. Time for lowly amateurs such as me to get out the pen and eraser and start making the appropriate changes in our field guides and notebooks. To strict life-listers, the most significant news is the splitting of two species, the whip-poor-will and [...]