May 2011

The Galapagos Waved Albatross

One of the most exotic and unique birds in the world is the Waved Albatross who lives on and around the the Galápagos Archipelago (Islands). These beautiful birds are between 34 and 35 inches in length, weigh around 7.5 pounds, and have an incredible wingspan of  around 7 and 1/2 feet.

The Waved Albatross uses dynamic soaring to fly and they are well known for the ability to soar for hours without stopping (no doubt thanks to their large wings and slender bodies).

It is one of my dreams to see a Waved Albatross in person, and perhaps one day, I will.

 

Images and more information can be found at Wikipedia.

Save Birds - From Your Lethal Windows

Window strikes kill a surprising number of birds every year - between 100 million and a billion birds in North America, according to one source.

But I was motivated to research this issue last week, after I heard the tell-tale thump and went outside to find a dazed orange-crowned warbler lying face-down on my porch. I have one particular window that is apparently very attractive to birds, and although I have tried several fixes, I have yet to find the one that does the trick.

I brought the fellow inside, and laid him in one of my custom wild bird recovery suites. (A cardboard box with a tea towel laid inside, and another tea towel draped over the top.)