New Suriname bird book, ruff not yet included

This video says about itself:

22 January 2013

Small birds in Suriname, Amazonia. This is a collection of footage of “small” birds in our part of Suriname (South America). 99% of the footage has been made in our own yard. I excluded the hummingbirds, parrots/parakeets, birds of prey, and pterodactylae, because I want to make separate videos about them.

Very recently, a new book, Field Guide to the Birds of Suriname, was published. Its publisher writes about it:

Suriname, located on the Atlantic coast of northeastern South America, is a relatively small country compared to most other South American countries. It nevertheless has a rich avifauna. By the end of 2014, 746 species (including 760 subspecies) were known to occur in Suriname. Most of the land area of Suriname is still covered with tropical rainforest and the country should be a must-visit for birdwatchers. Suriname is even mentioned as being the best country to spot certain neotropical species. Surprisingly, few birders visit Suriname. The main reason given is the lack of a handy pocket guide that can easily be carried in a backpack.

The Field Guide to the Birds of Suriname (with its 107 color plates) tries to fill this gap. In addition to species accounts, data on topography, climate, geology, geomorphology, biogeography, avifauna composition, conservation, and hotspots for bird watching are given. So, why delay your trip to this beautiful and friendly country any longer.

An electronic version of part of the book is here.

Arie Spaans, one of the authors, was interviewed this morning on Dutch radio.

He confessed the book was not completely up to date. As the book was already being printed, a ruff, usually an Eurasian bird not present in the Americas, landed on a ship near the coast of Suriname. Too late to be included.

This video is about ruff mating season in Europe.

British sexually abusive Bishop Peter Ball and Prince Charles

This video from Britain says about itself:

Church Inquiry Into Bishop Peter Ball Abuse Cover Up

The Church of England has announced an independent inquiry into allegations of a cover up of sexual abuse in the church, looking at whether the behaviour of a former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, was overlooked because of his connections within the church and the establishment.

Originally broadcast on the BBC on October 5th, 2015.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Links probe: Prince and the groper

Saturday 28th November 2015

Charles’s ‘supportive letters’ to be scrutinised

THE royals are set be dragged into an investigation as to whether Prince Charles made “inappropriate attempts” to interfere in the case of a pervert bishop, it was was revealed yesterday.

Prince Charles is alleged to have written letters of support to former bishop Peter Ball, 83, before the religious leader was “cautioned” for gross indecency in 1993 after sex abuse claims were exposed.

Ball was jailed for 32 months in October after admitting to sexually abusing 18 young aspiring priests who he let stay in his home as part of his “Give a Year to Christ Foundation” 22 years ago.

Clarence House was forced then to deny that Charles got involved in the judicial process on behalf of Ball, former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who had described the prince as his “loyal friend.”

Current — and former — MPs, councils and schools were also revealed on Friday to be the focus of 12 investigations into child sex abuse after a number of “high-profile” allegations have been made.

Justice Lowell Goddard, who is leading the “ambitious” inquiry, said that “certain people of public prominence associated with Westminster” will be scrutinised.

Lambeth, Nottinghamshire and Rochdale councils will also be probed in the wake of sex abuse claims, as well as Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.

Residential school Knowl View in Manchester and Cambridge House boys’ hostel in Rochdale will also be investigated over allegations that the late Rochdale Lib Dem MP, Cyril Smith, had molested children on both sites.

Ms Goddard continued: “The investigation will focus on high-profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current or former members of parliament, senior civil servants, government advisers and members of intelligence and security agencies.

“It will consider allegations of cover-up and conspiracy and review the adequacy of law enforcement responses to these allegations.”

The investigations are set to be part of Britain’s largest-ever public inquiry.

Far-right anti-women terrorism in Colorado, USA

This video by Colorado Springs Action in the USA says about itself:

Planned Parenthood Support Rally 7

26 October 2014

An anti-choice Taliban group of Catholic fanatics are back to protest at the women’s health center in Colorado Springs for 40 days before the election in support of the same stupid “personhood” bullshit that Cory Gardner co-sponsored, then flip-flopped on, (BUT did NOT UN-sponsor the national bill to establish vatiCON doctrine as law) so we showed up to support Planned Parenthood at Fillmore and Centennial.

This video was taken Saturday, October 25, 2014. It includes the removal of a sign illegally placed on private property by a guy, Joe Martone, who has been arrested several times for trespass, who was first asked if he wished to remove the sign himself, one of their members complaining to the police that he thinks he’s been slandered because of a sign that says “American Taliban stay out of my body”, which got him a short lesson in the slander laws, one of their members who stopped in the middle of Centennial Blvd to yell at our people, causing a traffic danger, a discussion with one of their members who came over to stand among us and pray on us, and Perry explaining the police action and resolution.

These “abolitionists” are in support of Amendment 67 which would ban emergency and implantation contraception along with abortion, make performing an abortion a class 3 felony AND make having a miscarriage a crime.

This “personhood” bullshit (November will be our third time to vote against it) is the radical vatiCON ideology of defining life as beginning at fertilization and endowing a zygote, a blastocyst, a hollow ball of undifferentiated cells, an embryo, a morula, a single diploid cell with all the rights of any U.S. citizen and MORE rights than the female host within whose body it dwells.

Women could be arrested for spontaneous miscarriages OR for anything deemed to not facilitate the uterus in implantation of a fertilized egg, which could include airplane travel, scuba diving, use of aspirin or any NSAIDs, synthetic thyroid medication, heart medication, acne drugs or even insulin.

Lawyers could sue on behalf of the zygote for anything from an inheritance to suing its sibling for murder for leaving a roller skate at the bottom of the stairs… accidentally causing the woman to trip and miscarry.

The possible slippery slope of this unconstitutional idiocy would make it each church’s business what medical procedures anyone had done AND, if a blastocyst of undifferentiated cells is a person, then my own sperm could sue me for alienation of affection.

Planned Parenthood‘s network of more than 820 health care centers provides critical reproductive health services for men and women, including Pap smears, contraception, cancer screenings, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

They SAVE lives.

Pro choice is NOT pro abortion.

No one is FOR abortions.

Blastocysts, zygotes, morula, embryos and fetuses are NOT babies any more than my swimming sperm are. Babies that have grown up to be women have all the rights of any human unlike these assholes believe.

To really help children, these far right Roman Catholics should stop paedophile priests within their church, Coloroda Springs Action claims.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Planned Parenthood Shooting Appears To Have Been Politically Motivated

After he killed 3 people and was arrested, Robert Lewis Dear said, “no more baby parts.”


Posted: 11/28/2015 11:41 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man who police say staged a deadly shooting attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers abortion services said “no more baby parts” after his arrest, a law enforcement official said Saturday.

The official could not elaborate about the comment by the 57-year-old suspect, Robert Lewis Dear. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

Planned Parenthood said late Saturday that witnesses said the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion. An official who has been briefed on the investigation told The Washington Post that the attack was “definitely politically motivated.” …

Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement on Saturday evening, describing the attack as “not only a crime against the Colorado Springs community, but a crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood, law enforcement seeking to protect and serve, and other innocent people.”

The attack thrust the clinic to the center of the ongoing debate over Planned Parenthood, which was re-ignited in July when anti-abortion activists released undercover video they said showed the organization’s personnel negotiating the sale of fetal organs.

Planned Parenthood has denied seeking any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement costs for donating the organs to researchers. Still, the National Abortion Federation says it has since seen a rise in threats at clinics nationwide. …

The facility provides women’s health services and has long been the site of regular anti-abortion protests. A Roman Catholic priest who has held weekly Mass in front of the clinic for 20 years said Dear wasn’t part of his group.

“I don’t know him from Adam,” said Rev. Bill Carmody. “I don’t recognize him at all.”

Either the Reverend Bill Carmody tells the truth. Or he behaves like Saint Peter, who, according to the Gospel of Luke 22:34, claimed not to know Jesus when asked.

And he [Jesus] said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Or like ex-president of the USA Bill Clinton, who claimed: ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.’

The Huffington Post article continues:

Dear, who was in custody and is expected to make his first court appearance Monday, was described by neighbors as reclusive. They said he stashed food in the woods, avoided eye contact and warned neighbors about government spying.

Warning about government spying in itself is, unfortunately, not lunacy at all. However, on the far right fringe of United States, there are moronic conspiracy theories about it, ever since the John Birch Society in the 1950 claimed that President Eisenhower was a Soviet spy. As sung about by Bob Dylan in this song:

This Bob Dylan music video from the USA is called John Birch Paranoid Blues (Live at Town Hall, April 1963).

At a vigil Saturday at All Souls Unitarian Church, Rev. Nori Rost called the gunman a “domestic terrorist.” In the back of the room, someone held a sign that said: “Women’s bodies are not battlefields. Neither is our town.”

Vicki Cowart, the regional head of Planned Parenthood, drew a standing ovation when she walked to the pulpit. She promised to quickly reopen the clinic. “We will adapt. We will square our shoulders and we will go on,” she said. …

Cowart said the gunman “broke in” to the clinic Friday but didn’t get past a locked door leading to the main part of the facility. She said there was no armed security when the shooting began. He later surrendered to police after an hours-long standoff.

In the parking lot of the two-story building, one man said the gunman shot at him as he pulled his car out, blasting two holes in his windshield. Inside, one worker ducked under a table and called her brother to tell him to take care of her kids if she was killed.

At one point, an officer whispered reports into his radio as he crept through the building. Others relayed information from surveillance cameras and victims in hiding. “We’ve got a report of a victim texting from just east of the lobby,” someone said.

In the end, a six-year veteran University of Colorado police officer was killed. Two civilians also died, though their identities weren’t immediately released. Five other officers and four people were hospitalized.

Cowart said all 15 clinic employees survived and worked hard to make sure everyone else got into safe spaces and stayed quiet. …

Zigmond Post, who lives near the RV where Dear lived, said he didn’t have many interactions with Dear but he said the suspect once gave him a pamphlet opposing President Barack Obama.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, two fires at Planned Parenthood clinics in October in Thousand Oaks, California and Pullman, Washington were the result of firebombing attacks. Neither attack has resulted in any arrests. David S. Cohen, a law professor at Drexel University, told the SPLC at the time that “there is a small contingent of anti-abortion terrorist who are seizing on this moment to further target clinics and providers. It’s scary to contemplate what might happen next”: here.

Swift migration biology

This video is about migration of swifts from the Netherlands to African countries like Mozambique.

Dutch swifts fly 280,000 kilometer a year, more than seven times the circumference of planet earth.

Biologist Raymond Klaassen studies their migration by providing the birds with geo loggers.

He recently won a Dutch prize for ornithology for his research about various bird species.

Wisdom, oldest albatross, returns to Midway Atoll

This video says about itself:

Egg Laid By World’s Oldest Banded Wild Albatross

18 December 2014

Wisdom, a 63-year-old Laysan albatross living in Hawaii, has lain yet another egg.

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross estimated to be around 63 years old, has laid yet another egg at her home on an atoll about 1200 miles northwest of Honolulu.

She is the oldest known banded bird living in the wild, and is believed to have already raised about 35 offspring.

Mating and child rearing isn’t a casual affair among the species.

Only one egg is laid at a time, so it’s particularly important that everything goes well.

Males and females couple for life, and once the egg is produced they share in the early incubation responsibilities.

It’s an all or nothing process, as if something goes awry and the shelled embryo doesn’t make it, there will not be another attempt until the mating season rolls around again in the following year.

If it does succeed, a great deal of time is spent preparing the little one to go and live on its own.

The whole process takes about a year.

Wisdom has enjoyed a phenomenal chick survival rate in recent years, with 8 of her 9 most recent attempts being successful.

Officials from the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge are anticipating that the latest will emerge in early February.

From the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Region:

Something to be thankful for – Wisdom has returned to Midway Atoll!

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and, the world’s oldest known banded bird in the wild has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. On November 19 and just in time for the special day of giving thanks, almost a year to the day she returned last year, Wisdom was spotted with her mate among the world’s largest nesting albatross colony.

“In the face of dramatic seabird population decreases worldwide –70% drop since the 1950’s when Wisdom was first banded–Wisdom has become a symbol of hope and inspiration,” said Refuge Manager, Dan Clark.” We are a part of the fate of Wisdom and it is gratifying to see her return because of the decades of hard work conducted to manage and protect albatross nesting habitat.”

“Wisdom left soon after mating but we expect her back any day now to lay her egg,” noted Deputy Refuge Manager, Bret Wolfe. “It is very humbling to think that she has been visiting Midway for at least 64 years. Navy sailors and their families likely walked by her not knowing she could possibly be rearing a chick over 50 years later. She represents a connection to Midway’s past as well as embodying our hope for the future.”

Wisdom was first banded in 1956. And because Laysan albatross do not return to breed until they are at least five years old, it is estimated Wisdom is at least 64 years old, but she could be older. Many birds lose their bands before they can be replaced. Wisdom’s bands, however, were continuously replaced and because of meticulous record keeping associated with bird banding, we can verify she is the same bird first banded by noted author and Service ornithologist, Chandler Robbins. Biologists may find even older birds as old worn bands continue to be routinely replaced.

Although Laysan albatrosses typically mate for life, Wisdom has likely had more than one mate and has raised as many as 36 chicks. Laying only one egg per year, a breeding albatross and their mate will spend approximately six months rearing and feeding their young. When not tending to their chicks, albatross forage hundreds of miles out at sea periodically returning with meals of squid or flying fish eggs. Wisdom has likely clocked over six million ocean miles of flight time.

November 25, 2015