We have been receiving reports these past few weeks of a Peregrine Falcon hunting in downtown Mansfield. We were a bit skeptical until this picture was taken from the upper offices of Richland Bank. We can now add Richland county to the territory of this incredible raptor!
12 hours ago
A new mom at 65 years old! Wisdom, the world's oldest known, banded wild bird and her mate are the proud parents of a newly hatched chick! Hatched on February 1, 2016, the chick is named Kūkini, which is a Hawaiian word for messenger. Wisdom's mate was caring for the egg when it hatched and was caught on camera, bonding with the new chick. Wisdom, and close to a million other albatross, depends on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial to provide a safe place to nest and raise a family. Learn more about this amazing bird and her newest family member: bit.ly/WisdomsChick2016 Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System National Wildlife Refuge Association Friends of Midway Atoll NWR American Bird Conservancy Cornell Lab of Ornithology The National Audubon Society Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) Office of Hawaiian Affairs Photo Credit: Kiah Walker/USFWS Volunteer
2 days ago
Blue Jays sometimes pick up peanuts – a common backyard bird food – only to put them back down as they search for the biggest ones or the easiest ones to open. Smart birds! Photo: Elaine Davis/Audubon Photography Awards
4 days ago
We are delighted to share a video featuring two of our tiniest patients. A nest, complete with tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird chicks arrived yesterday after it came down in a storm. We were not able to replace it, but will continue to try when weather clears. Few people have the honor of witnessing baby hummingbirds as they are fed. Their parent are not doing the feeding, we think they are still pretty amazing. Hummingbirds eat aphids and other tiny insects as well as nectar. Protein is vital to hummingbirds all of their life, but especially so as babies when they are growing quickly. There is a small syringe at the other end of the feeding tube that is not visible on the video. Their formula is a complicated mixture of crushed and powdered insects and a homemade nectar base along with digestive enzymes, which they get from their parents naturally during feeding.
1 week ago