Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A Campground Bird with a Mighty Repertoire

There's a bird in the trees outside our caravan whose vocal range is broad and diverse. Every time I think it's run through its repertoire, it starts singing a new song. We're camping on an estuary and if I can glimpse the bird I'll look it up online.

NZ shorebird, though not the bird singing below

Meantime, I made a video to share a piece of this bird's melodies. Turn up your audio (and if reading in email click here for the vid).

That sweet song makes especially devastating this week's news on bird loss, a broader commentary on the degradation of the habitat we all share:
Since 1970, the US and Canada have experienced a loss of nearly 3 billion birds across both native and introduced species, the study found. This amounts to a nearly 30 percent reduction in bird abundance in 50 years, the study says.

In the paper, published on Thursday in the journal Science, researchers from a number of academic and non-profit institutions in North America wrote that this decline can be attributed to the compounding effects of human-caused obstacles, such as habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. Notably, 90 percent of the total losses were experienced by widespread songbirds such as sparrows, warblers, blackbirds, and finches. 


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