Thursday, December 26, 2013

WVTF interviewed Kara and I about the project! 

You can listen here:

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Photo: Kara Kosarski

Dark-eyed Junco. The 30th bird found.

The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

What makes me really happy about this project, is seeing others take an interest in this issue.  Here is a likely window strike that happened downtown, not at our official survey locations (Photos: Kara Kosarski).

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Photo: Chrissy Barton

It was a chilly day for surveying. Even this Northern Mockingbird was puffed up to stay warm. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

This project wouldn't be a success without everyone here!  Thank you Catherine, Elizabeth, Kara, Kelsey, Chrissy, Katie, Mike, and Becky!!
Unfortunately Julie, Katy, Laura, and Scott couldn't make it for the picture. But hopefully we will catch them next semester.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Bldg. 1B). This is the first bird we've found at this particular building.  Note by 'bird' I mean feathers.  Due to a high scavenger rate, a lot of the time we are left identifying feathers instead of intact birds.

Northern Cardinal (Bldg. 3B).

One goal of this project is to bring attention to a problem that many do not see.  Millions of birds that are victims of window collisions, just like this Indigo bunting, go unnoticed or are hidden by landscaping. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Indigo Bunting (Bldg. 11B). This male was likely born this summer and was learning his way south for the winter. 

Indigo Buntings migrate at night, using the stars for guidance. The birds possess an internal clock that enables them to continually adjust their angle of orientation to a star—even as that star moves through the night sky.

The oldest known wild Indigo Bunting was 8 years, 3 months old.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Bird-Window Collisions Increase Avian Mortality

 “We have the solution. We just have to convince people that we have the power to take some action. I need people to take it seriously,” said Dr. Klem.

As human construction continues to expand and skyscrapers touch the skies, prevention of avian mortality is becoming an increasingly important issue. Buildings littered with windows have the opportunity to take action against the creation of unnecessary victims.

Taking simple precautions can prevent the deaths of, quite literally, billions of lives. Taking Dr. Klem’s advice, individuals can act as catalysts for a better future for avian populations worldwide.

on a side note...

A volunteer emailed me to say she didn't find any birds during her survey. A cold front was moving in so I suspect the birds were laying low today.  However, she did tell me she found $16 at one of the buildings.  She told me, "....bird surveying really pays off!!"  This made my day.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Not everything we find is depressing, or has feathers. Here is an eastern pipistrelle hanging out at one of the buildings. Photo: Mike St. Germain.

Wood Thrush or Brown Thrasher body feathers (Bldg. 24C).

Wood Thrush
Brown Thrasher Photo
Brown Thrasher

Not on the official survey period. Stunned Golden-crowned Kinglet. It was able to fly away, however many birds that survive window collisions have a difficult time recovering.

Friday, November 8, 2013

White-throated sparrow (Bldg. 11C).  This was an especially tough week for birds.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Note the reflection in window. Photo: Becky Keller
Photo: Chrissy Barton

Dark-eyed Junco (Bldg. 12C) and Golden-crowned Kinglet (Bldg. 3C).

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Photo: Chrissy Barton

Photo: Chrissy Barton

Hermit Thrush (top; Bldg. 16A) and Song Sparrow (middle and bottom; Bldg. 16D).

We are often in a race with other animals (feral cats, raccoons, crows, skunks, etc.) that scavenge these birds-as evidenced by this Song Sparrow.
Photo: Catherine Kim

Blue jay feather.  Blue jay's are beautiful birds.  This feather is not evidence of a window collision, just a beautiful feather that likely fell off naturally.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Unknown (Bldg. 11C).

Fox Sparrow (Bldg. 11D).

People have spotted individual Fox Sparrows in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, and Italy. Some of these vagrant birds probably made part of their transatlantic journey by ship, after touching down to rest on a vessel far from shore.

Fox Sparrow fossils from the Pleistocene (about 11,000 years ago) have been found in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and at the La Brea tar pits in California.

The oldest Fox Sparrow on record was at least 10 years and 4 months old. It was caught and re-released by a California bird bander in 2003.


Friday, November 1, 2013

White-throated sparrow (Bldg. 4C). Window collision likely happened after it was startled off a nearby feeder.

It is best to place your feeder away from windows.

Make sure your bird feeder is not reflected in a window.

Placing the feeder directly on the window did not work in this case.

Monday, October 28, 2013

White-breasted Nuthatch (Bldg. 15B).

Gray Catbird (Bldg. 9D)

 Carolina Chickadee (Bldg. 15B)

                                                                       Unknown (Bldg. 20A).

Remains found.

Unknown. Probable White-throated Sparrow (Bldg. 11B).

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013