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Hope you are all well! I can’t believe how mild the weather has been. We have a few straggling peppers still growing in the garden. Since it’s a time of year when so many people start cleaning up dead plants and raking leaves, I just wanted to remind you that dead plants and leaves make incredible habitats for insects that are meals for birds – so if you don’t absolutely HAVE to rake everything…don’t! We usually find a corner of the property to pile old leaves and dead plants to help feed our winter birds here.
Dr. Bird answers a question about why Ospreys would abandon their nests and talks about how Neanderthals used Choughs as a primary food source.
Australia has announced the winner of their Bird of the Year competition and the winner is…The Superb Fairywren – apparently it was a close call between the Fairywren and the Tawny Frogmouth.
Here is a link to a downloadable poster of the Superb Fairywren and winners from other years: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/07/guardian-bird-of-the-year-2021-free-downloadable-australian-birds-poster
There are a group of dedicated searchers that are trying hard to prove the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is not extinct. If you’ve seen one, USFW has opened a 60-day comment period (closing the 29th of November) for anyone who has information on the bird.
Have a great week everyone!