Around the world at any given time, a songbird is singing, and as BirdNotes Mary McCann reports, though the notes and tune of their songs differ, all of them are part of an ensemble, laying claim to territory and mates.
Many species of birds dine alone, avoiding competition for food, but the temperate woodlands chickadees, kinglets and downy woodpeckers forage and feast better togetherrustling up more food than they would alone while keeping a watch for predators.
In the winter months, the Bering Sea is frigid and hostile to most species, but the Crested Auklet, a petite seabird, calls it home. BirdNotes Mary McCann explains how this whimsical-looking puffin cousin thrives amongst the icy waves.
In the fall, migratory birds are hunted for sport, and the ammunition that misses the mark often ends up in the surviving birds digestive tracts. Mary McCann reports that switching from lead pellets to non-toxic ammunition paradoxically helps protect the future of waterfowl and their ecosystem.
Mary McCann tells how a tiny red spot on the tip of a Herring Gulls beak is a visual trigger for both gull chicks and scientistsinitiating the feeding of young and setting off a series of animal behavior experiments that lead to a Nobel Prize.
Atlantic Puffins disappeared from Maines Muscongus Bay for more than 100 years when researchers reintroduced six chicks. They were expected to return to the spot where they fledged but scientists found they needed a little coaxing from an unexpected source- puffin decoys.