Birds - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Birds Authorities seize 7,000 birds in LA County cockfighting raid VAL VERDE, Calif. (AP) — Some 7,000 birds were seized in one of the largest raids of illegal cockfighting in United States history, authorities said Tuesday. About 100 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies conducted the raid on Monday, seizing roosters, hens and chicks in a remote area northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said at a news conference. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 01:58:00 GMT 2017-05-17T01:58:00Z Stray emu lassoed on highway by New Mexico authorities LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A stray emu that had become notorious throughout a three-day span in southern New Mexico has been captured by law enforcement. Authorities caught up with the emu Tuesday after about 40 minutes of trying to lasso it on an interstate. Calls about the bird started coming into the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office thr... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:27:00Z Man uses plastic bat to defend son from goose, gets ticket INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose. James McDaniel tells WXIN-TV ( ) that the goose came across a field and chased his son, so he struck it with the bat. McDaniel says that the goose was "clearly attacking" the boy and he was on... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:47:00Z Threatened bird nesting again on Los Angeles area beaches LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western snowy plover is nesting along the Los Angeles area coast for the first time in nearly seven decades, federal officials said. Nests for the small, rare shorebird were found last month at Santa Monica Beach, Dockweiler State Beach, and Malibu Lagoon State Beach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported Monday. Biologists placed wire cages arou... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:19:00Z Eagle 'chop shop' case offers window into trafficking trade PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A two-year undercover operation that led to indictments against 15 people for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds offers a rare window into the black market for eagle carcasses, feathers, parts and handicrafts, including one alleged dealer who called himself the "best feather man in the Midwest." The indictments anno... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:58:00Z Stork delivery? Woman gives birth to baby at Nebraska zoo OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman whose baby was due mid-May went into labor early and gave birth at a Nebraska zoo. Drea Hubbard was born Sunday at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Her mother, Kymica Hubbard, 24, said the birth took about two minutes from when her water broke. "I was having contractions and it was... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:09:00 GMT 2017-04-25T18:09:00Z Audubon: First spotting of vermillion flycatcher in Maine BREMEN, Maine (AP) — The National Audubon Society says a web camera has captured the first confirmed sighting in Maine of a colorful species of bird typically seen in the southwestern part of the country. Audubon and use a web camera on Hog Island to monitor nesting ospreys. Audubon posted on its website Monday that the camera picked up a verm... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:24:00 GMT 2017-04-18T16:24:00Z Geese that died in Montana mine pit had lesions in throats BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Necropsies found geese that died late last year after landing in the toxic waters of a former open pit copper mine in Montana had severe internal tissue damage that appeared to have been caused by a corrosive substance. A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says copper and zinc — which were found in the birds' stomach... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:34:00 GMT 2017-04-18T15:34:00Z Camping cockatoo: New push to lift bird ban at campsites PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A yearslong fight over letting a cockatoo named Tootsie onto Rhode Island campgrounds might have finally reached a compromise. A proposal to let some exotic pets onto state-owned campsites was vetoed in 2012 by then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Another attempt stalled in the legislature in 2015. Now, Democratic state Rep... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-04-07T01:30:00Z Expectant parents, Canada geese settle in outside hospital OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A pair of well-known Canada geese has again built a nest near an Omaha hospital, but this time chose an especially busy locale: a flower pot near the emergency room doors. The geese, dubbed Ralph and Alice after the bickering TV couple on "The Honeymooners," have nested near Lakeside Hospital every spring since 2005, security officer Tom Stock told the Oma... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-04-07T01:30:00Z Bald eagles make big comeback in San Francisco Bay Area SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Endangered bald eagles are making a comeback in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of a national boom following decades of environmental investment. Nineteen nests have been tallied in eight Bay Area counties, including at Stanford University, a mall and a water park, The Mercury News in San Jose reported this week ( ). ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-04-05T19:51:00Z Owl stuck between truck cab and trailer on the mend EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Heading home to New Hampshire, truckers Will Sword and Tyler Buckley were on the road in Massachusetts when they heard a bang. At first, they thought the truck had hit a tree. But when they stopped and Buckley got out to investigate, he was shocked to see an owl trapped between the cab and the cargo hold. And it was still very much alive. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:52:00 GMT 2017-03-30T20:52:00Z Mike Tyson suffers rare loss in noisy Latin America bout NEW YORK (AP) — Over his career, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recorded 50 wins and six losses. But he recently notched another big loss in Latin America — this time as a coach of a bird. Tyson traveled to Suriname as part of the new Fusion TV documentary series "Outpost " and was soundly beaten when he entered a bird in a songbird contest, a cherished local tradition. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:19:00 GMT 2017-03-26T17:19:00Z No contest plea in Hawaii albatross deaths case HONOLULU (AP) — A 19-year-old college student pleaded no contest Thursday in a case involving seabirds killed at a Hawaii nature reserve. Christian Gutierrez pleaded no contest to animal cruelty, theft and other charges. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss 14 remaining counts. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources be... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:50:00 GMT 2017-03-17T03:50:00Z Warming, taller shrubs may affect birds breeding on tundra ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More shrubs moving onto Arctic tundra because of climate change will have minimal effect on many of the bird species that breed there, but birds likely will seek other habitat when the shrubs grow tall, according to a new federal study. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey concludes that the size of the shrubs was more critical t... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 02:56:00 GMT 2017-03-04T02:56:00Z New measures approved to protect birds from contaminated pit HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials said Friday they have approved new measures meant to prevent a repeat of last fall's mass bird deaths in a contaminated former open-pit mine in Montana, including noise-making cannons and radar and laser systems. The measures also include the use of strobe lights and remote-controlled boats and aircraft to haze birds... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:11:00 GMT 2017-03-03T23:11:00Z Fowl play: wild turkeys caught on video circling dead cat RANDOLPH, Mass. (AP) — A bizarre scene of a group of wild turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat was caught on video by a Massachusetts man who perhaps best described it: an attempt to give the feline its 10th life. Jonathan Davis came across the fowl play in the Boston suburb of Randolph Thursday. He posted a video on Twitter that he says was view... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-03-02T22:11:00Z Cannons, laser, radars planned to keep birds from toxic pit HELENA, Mont. (AP) — After thousands of snow geese died in the toxic water of a former open-pit mine in Montana last fall, the companies responsible for the pit are bringing out the big guns. Literally. Montana Resources and BP-owned Atlantic Richfield Co. are proposing to use four propane cannons on tripods that would be triggered by long-range motion se... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:14:00 GMT 2017-03-02T08:14:00Z Hawk stuck in vehicle grille in Massachusetts is euthanized GRAFTON, Mass. (AP) — Veterinarians say a red-tailed hawk that got stuck in the grille of a vehicle in Massachusetts last weekend sustained such severe injuries that it had to be euthanized. Police say the bird got stuck after swooping in front of an SUV on Interstate 495 in Milford on Saturday. The driver pulled into a gas station and ... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:46:00 GMT 2017-03-01T14:46:00Z Aquarium of Niagara expanding to protect threatened penguins NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding so it can breed and protect the threatened Humboldt penguin. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says work has begun on a $3.3 million project to create a new penguin exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara. The exhibit and gallery will include a rock beach modeled after the coast of Peru and an interactive classroom for visitors. ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:50:00 GMT 2017-02-26T17:50:00Z In hot water: Climate change harms hot spots of ocean life WASHINGTON (AP) — The six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing, a new study finds. An international team looked at more than 2,100 species of fish, seabirds, marine mammals and even tiny plankton to calculate Earth's hot spots of marine biodiversity. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:49:00 GMT 2017-02-22T20:49:00Z Abundant fish draw 1 million penguins to Argentine peninsula PUNTA TOMBO, Argentina (AP) — More than a million penguins have traveled to Argentina's Punta Tombo peninsula during this year's breeding season, drawn by an unusual abundance of small fish. Local officials say that's a record number in recent years for the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins, offering an especially stunning spectacle for the tens of thousands of p... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-02-18T03:54:00Z World's oldest seabird hatches new chick at Midway Atoll HONOLULU (AP) — The world's oldest known seabird has a new chick. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday Wisdom's offspring hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last week. The Laysan albatross is at least 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:50:00 GMT 2017-02-17T03:50:00Z Showing some love: Penguins get Valentine's hearts for nests SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Penguins at a California aquarium got more than their daily helping of fish to celebrate Valentine's Day. Biologist Piper Dwight handed out red hearts to 14 African penguins at the California Academy of Sciences during a feeding Monday. Visitors took photos of the animals grabbing the hearts in their beaks and waddl... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:18:00 GMT 2017-02-15T01:18:00Z Warm ocean water triggered vast seabird die-off, experts say ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat. Elevated temperatures in seawater affected wildlife in a pair of major mari... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:21:00 GMT 2017-02-10T17:21:00Z Once-reviled scavenger bird now the pride of its Indian home GAUHATI, India (AP) — The greater adjutant stork used to be an object of revulsion in northeast India. It's not a pretty bird, with its large, dull-orange bill and gray, black and white plumage. A carnivore and scavenger, it left bits of dead animals in its nests. People thought it brought bad luck, so they destroyed nests and sometimes poisoned the birds. ... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:31:00 GMT 2017-02-09T07:31:00Z Hummingbird egg gets in way of upgrades to California bridge SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A tiny unborn hummingbird is getting in the way of a big bridge project in the San Francisco Bay Area. The discovery of a nest and egg in a tree is stalling the start of upgrades on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge about 30 miles north of San Francisco, officials said Tuesday. The species, Anna's Hummingbird, is prote... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 01:29:00 GMT 2017-02-01T01:29:00Z Thousands of bird deaths draw focus on brimming toxic pit BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time and sent them soaring to the wrong place. The throngs of white birds splashed down in a 50 billion-gallon toxic stew in a former copper mine that i... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:05:00 GMT 2017-01-23T21:05:00Z Policeman rescues injured owl in road; 2nd time in 3 months WHATELY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police sergeant is being credited with rescuing an injured owl for the second time in three months. Who? Whately police say Sgt. Donald Bates responded to a call about an owl that apparently had been struck by a car on a local road on Tuesday. They say he found the owl standing in the middle of the roadway. ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:40:00 GMT 2017-01-19T12:40:00Z Critical federal approvals for massive Wyoming wind project CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The biggest onshore wind development in the works in the U.S. has received two critical federal approvals that could allow the first turbines to go up as soon as next year. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday approved the 500-turbine first phase of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project in Wyoming. ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:59:00 GMT 2017-01-18T23:59:00Z