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Monday, March 07, 2011

 

-- "...under everyone's noses... for decades" --

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Just a couple of misc. bird stories today:

First, news making ornithological rounds lately of a new species of storm petrel recently discovered off the coast of Chile:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/03/scientists-announce-discovery-of-new-species-of-seabird-the-first-in-89-years-.html

Given the still somewhat fluid scientific definition of "species," and sheer volume of earthly habitat, one suspects there could be plenty more "new" avian species still to be found or "split" off from others, but this is the current one du jour.

More fascinating for me, was this morning's NPR report from the always wonderful** Robert Krulwich on a couple of flamingos that 'fell out' of the sky in Siberia one year apart back in 2003 and 2004 (...that's right I said FLAMINGOS), and lived to tell about it... or at least get reported on by NPR. Really, a quite fascinating story --- give it a listen or read if you missed it (I'd never heard this report before, nor had I ever heard of "reverse migration" as discussed therein) :

http://tinyurl.com/6jxfzl5

** that's right JP, I said always wonderful (....inside joke)
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Comments:
We've got a flamingo here in Utah as well (and no, it's not the Las Vegas desert variety, which is a casino. No gambling allowed here).

It's the real thing, and its origin is well known (escaped from a local aviary in 1988). The reports are quite recent that it's still around.

It's anybody's guess about the migratory route it takes every year, if it does migrate...

http://www.utahbirds.org/featarts/2004/UtahsPinkFloyd.htm
 
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