|Baltimore Oriole -- Parc Perlière -- James Island -- Charleston, SC -- January 25, 2014|
We woke up to a temperature of 26F Saturday morning. It was just a bit too cold to keep the sugar water from freezing and thus the work lamp was used to provide a heat source until the sun came up. Though the four day work week made for a short week overall, I had put in significant hours planning, writing and researching materials for the new course that I am teaching. As such, Saturday, I needed time at home to catch up on reading e-mails and finding out what has been happening in the birding world before I ventured forth for outdoor birding this weekend. And, I must say, it was great to simply sit at the dining room window and watch my birds. All of the usual suspects showed up, including our female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird -- Parc Perlière -- James Island -- Charleston, SC -- January 25, 2014|
Since I often go to work in the dark and come home in the dark, I do not have an opportunity to observe our birds as much as I would like. So I chose well to just sit and watch our birds while I surfed the net.
And now, I can share with you some of the interesting "birding world" stories that I have learned on my morning of surfing. First, a previously unknown, record-breaking 16,000 mile migration route for a rare little Scottish bird, the Red-necked Phalarope, has been discovered by researchers in Scotland. It had been previously thought that this bird flew south to the Arabian Sea like its Scandinavian brethren. Via geo-locator technology, researchers found that the Scottish population is flying across the Atlantic (via Iceland & Greenland), then down the Eastern Seaboard, across the Carribean and Mexico to sites on the shores of Peru and Ecuador where it joins other Red-necked Phalaropes that have migrated from places such as Alaska. You can read more detail and view a video about this discovery in this BBC article.
By surfing around the net yesterday, I discovered a new soon-to-be released (March in select theatres and for streaming) award-winning birding movie, A Birder's Guide to Everything! Yea! The story line features high school-aged bird nerds in pursuit of a possible new species! Take a look at this one minute preview and a gander at the facebook page. Then, add it to your Netflix queue ... or better yet, maybe it will show in a theatre near you. Hey, besides the teen actors, Ben Kingsley has a prominent role in this film. Personally, I cannot wait!