All about the birds – what I’m reading, listening to and watching

Articles

What Is Causing the Perplexing Decline of the American Kestrel? – this article from Audubon looks at the very concerning issue of the disappearance of the American kestrel.

I’ve rescued only one kestrel since I started rescuing birds in 2020 and it was in the Annapolis area.

Osprey chick migrates 4,000 miles from Scotland to Barbados -this is about an epic migration by one of my favorite bird species. Speaking of which, ospreys have returned to the summer homes here on the Chesapeake and I love seeing all the photos and social media posts from their human fans.

Unfortunately, my first experience of the current osprey season hit close to home. One of the birds from the nest at the base of the South River Bridge in Edgewater was hit by a vehicle and didn’t survive. I’ve been following the birds from this nest for years. I played a small role in getting BGE to put a platform up for them a few years ago after the utility pole which supported their previous nests came down in a winter storm. You can see that story from four years ago here. It’s still earlier enough in the season for the surviving osprey to find a mate.

Henslow’s Lament from The Center for Conservation Biology – a look at what happened to Henslow’s sparrows in the Saxis Marsh of Accomack County, Virginia.

Books

I have a strange relationship with books. I love them. I buy lots them. And sometimes I read one after another. Occasionally, I’ll start a book and not get back to it for while – even if I love it. I’ll also go several years without reading any books. Am I the only one?

So here are some books I have, I’ve liked a lot so far, but haven’t yet finished:

The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird by Jack E. Davis

Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy, The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists by Dyana Z. Furmansky

Podcasts

Rescuing Raptors: Stories About Birds of Prey Rescues

My fellow, bird of prey rescuer Nancy McDonald, launched a podcast that explains the ins and outs of rescuing eagles, owls, hawks, ospreys, falcons and vultures, memorable rescue stories, the tools used, the problems seen, the laws that protect these birds and much more.

Warden’s Watch

This is an inside look at the job of a game warden with lots of interviews, stories and details about the work of those in wildlife conservation law enforcement.

Films

All That Breathes

If you haven’t yet seen it yet, do. It’s a look at rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey in India.

Nature: Season of the Osprey

This is for the osprey lovers and there’s a lot to love. I’m not sure it’ll run again on TV (it’s from 2021), but you can donate to PBS to watch it.

If you have any reading, watching or listening suggestions, please share them in the comments below.

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Donna L. Cole is an award-winning investigative and multimedia reporter. She’s also a bird of prey rescuer.

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