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Kids Birding – Page 8 – A Kid’s Guide to Birding

Birds On The Edge of Extinction

Masked FinfootHundreds of bird species have seen a population decline so rapid, experts believe they could disappear completely anytime.

More than 1300 bird species are facing extinction. For more details see BirdLife International (2012). A new book, The World’s Rarest Birds, contains photos of 800 of these bird species.

To get photos of these rare birds, the editors of the book asked amateur photographers to submit photos to the World’s Rarest Birds Photo Competition. Click this link to see some examples: (Select Photos)

Chestnut-backed Chickadee Nest Cavity


Our garden always has an abundance of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, who share the habitat all year round with Black-capped Chickadees, Nuthatches, Bushtits, and Juncos. So we have always assumed they must be making nest cavities close by.

This year, a pair have taken to a hole in our dogwood tree. They are using a hole started by Norther Flickers, and in fact it is only a few inches about the nest cavity that was actually used last year by the Northern Flickers. So what happens if the Northern Flickers return? Maybe we will find out.

Here’s a video of the Chestnut-backed-Chickadee working hard on the nest cavity:

Introduction to Bird Photography (May 5th)

Chestnut-backed ChickadeeWant to learn more about bird photography?

The Eastside Audubon has a class coming up on May 5: Introduction to Bird Photography. If you admire great bird photography and perhaps aspire to learn more about how to take their own pictures check out this class.

This really great Chestnut-backed Chickadee photo is by Larry Engles, one of the co-instructors for the class. You might also enjoy the websites of the class instructors:

Dan Streiffert: http://danstreiffert.smugmug.com/

Here’s the details:

  • Birdathon
  • Class
When May 05, 2013
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Event Location Omega Photo
Street Address 210 105th Ave. NE
City Bellevue
Map and directions http://goo.gl/maps/kcNhi
Contact Name Omega Photo
Contact Phone 425-455-2126
More information http://omegaphoto.biz
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Eastside Audubon

Eastside Audubon announcement

Thirteen-year-old Lorenzo Rohani shares his fascination with birds and covers the basics of birding from the young birder’s point of view.


  • Family Activity
  • Program Night
When May 18, 2013
from 02:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m.
Event Location Issaquah Valley Elementary School
Street Address 555 NW Holly Street
City Issaquah
Contact Name Eastside Audubon Office
Contact Email office@eastsideaudubon.org
Contact Phone 425-576-8805
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Lorenzo and his dad, Michael Rohani, have traveled thousands of miles together birding and photographing birds. Their book, A Kid’s Guide to Birding, is full of tips for kids about how to get started in birding, where to find birds, and ways to identify them. It also shows projects you can do to bring birds into your own back yard.

Lorenzo loves birds and is always learning more fun facts about them. He’ll tell about the fun he’s had looking at birds and share his beautiful photographs. Grownups say his talk is as entertaining and informative for them as it is for kids.

To read Lorenzo’s blog and learn more about him, visit his website, kidsbirding.com.

Be sure to join Eastside Audubon and Lorenzo Rohani for an unforgettable afternoon.

Free. Open to the public.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for hospitality.

Program begins at 3 p.m.


Darwin’s Birds Get New Look

“Scientists are following Darwin’s example by using the birds to find clues to the way evolution works in general.”


Researchers have found that mutations in pigeon DNA can control a variety of traits, including the directions of their feathers grow, like in this Jacobin pigeon. Charles Darwin raised pigeons and was interested in their breeding as an extreme example of domestic selection. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/science/pigeons-a-darwin-favorite-carry-new-clues-to-evolution.html?hp)

birds have emotional reactions to song…

Turns out birds have emotional reactions to song. Check out this new study:


Lots of cool things are becoming known about birds. Maybe this isn’t as surprising as birds making tools or holding funerals — other things we’ve learned recently — but emotional reactions to songs is interesting just because it too makes birds seem to have a little more in common with humans.

Real or Fake? Eagle Grabs Baby: Video Of Bird Snatching Child In Montreal Baffles Viewers


Here’s the answer: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/19/the-baby-snatching-bird-hoax-does-make-you-wonder-about-birds-of-prey/

More on how it was made: