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    Washington Post article about competitive British birding

    The Washington Post has an article about competitive British birding, titled "In Britain, bird-watching gone wild". This morning it is on the top page of the online edition and is accompanied by a photo of John Lees and Garry Bagnell looking at "shore larks", though the article specifies a...
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    New bird species discovered in North America

    I just saw a link to an account of this newly named bird on the West Virginia birding list. It is really exciting for a brand new species to be found so close to home. I am going to go look for it tomorrow!
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    German vultures trained to find bodies

    On the BBC website this morning I read an article about three vultures being trained in Germany to find hidden corpses. Their names are Sherlock, Miss Marple, and Columbo. Does anyone know what species these vultures belong to? The two photographs associated with the article are of the...
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    Virginia beetle identification

    Hi, would anybody know the name of this beetle? The photo was taken in northern Virginia. Thanks!
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    Fossil bird sets record for longest wingspan

    A fossil bird from 5 to 10 million years ago had a 17 foot wingspan (5.2 meters). Pelagornis chilensis has "the largest safely established wingspan for a bird" according to this press release from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. It is one of the "bony-toothed" birds, so called because...
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    March 20 is World House Sparrow Day

    More information here. Just so you know.
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    Sand-Plover identification, Virginia, USA

    A sand-plover was found yesterday, far out of range, in the state of Virginia. Photos of it can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/wendeldh/ and here http://www.visitingnature.com/sandploverspecies.htm There is a thread about it on the Surfbirds ID forum as well as on the Frontiers...
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    Binoculars useful for a sailboat trip?

    An acquaintance of mine is going to be sailing across the North Atlantic later this spring. He was wondering about good rugged binoculars, with a range about two miles, that he can use on his sailboat. Would anybody have any recommendations? Thanks, Rob