Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.

Taking a break

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird travels Updated: September 14, 2014 - 5:27 PM

This blog is taking a brief vacation. See you next weekend.

List Number 1

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird travels Updated: September 10, 2014 - 8:30 PM

6 Colors You Should Never Wear While Birding

Red White Orange Blue Purple Yellow

The complete Audubon report on climate change

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird conservation Updated: September 10, 2014 - 8:21 PM

Here is a link to the complete National Audubon report on climate change and North American birds.


If nothing else, scroll to the end to see the photo of a young Common Loon on the mud in the recently drained pond where it was hatched. 

And this, just in ......

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird conservation Updated: September 9, 2014 - 9:26 PM

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) Tuesday reported that in less than 50  years western states including New Mexico, Utah and Arizona have lost almost half their bird populations.

"Right now, about a third of all bird species in the U.S. are in decline," said Steve Holmer of the ABC. It is one of the 23 organizations that cooperated in preparation of the report.

"The decline points to a very broad-scale problem where we're seeing habitat loss and a variety of threats," he said. "We're particularly concerned about the birds that live in deserts and grasslands in the West.

“These lands are being heavily used and there's a great deal of oil and gas development, so it's created a huge conservation challenge."

Shorebird species also are doing poorly, with near half of them endangered or at risk of becoming so. This includes species such as Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots and Piping Plovers.

It's worse in Hawaii where we have done great ecological damage. including wholewale introduction of non-native species.

"Hawaii is the extinction capital of the world," said Pete Marra, director of the Smithsonian Institution's Migratory Bird Center. "We've seen about 10 extinctions in the past 40 years and all 33 species of endemic Hawaiian birds are in trouble."


Add this to the climate problem, and, well ……


The climate report got posted twice, I think, because the first post was inadvertently lifted word for word from The New York Times; my mistake. I thought the item came from Audubon. I should not do the blog before having morning coffee.

Birds on the climate hot seat

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird conservation Updated: September 9, 2014 - 9:03 PM

National Audubon Monday released the results of a seven-year scientific study of the potential impact of global warming on North American birds. Based on four decades of bird census data, here is what we found:

  • 314 species of North American birds — nearly half of all species — could be severely affected by global warming in the coming years at the current pace of warming. The science shows that these birds could lose half or more of their livable ranges by the year 2080 if nothing is done to stop global warming.
  • Many of those severely threatened are birds like the Rufous Hummingbird or the Baltimore Oriole that we see every day, or love and cherish.
  • Some, like the Trumpeter Swan, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and American Avocet, could lose more than 99 percent of their livable range — which puts them at extreme risk for extinction.
  • The science also pinpoints potential “climate strongholds,” key places that will continue to support bird life in the coming decades and which merit urgent protection.

These are conservative estimates based on cutting-edge science and state-of-the-art climate models. The reality could, in fact, be worse.


Raise some hell with Congress. Carbon dioxide isn't the only problem.



Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters