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Issue: #125
July/August 2020

marbled_godwitIt may still seem like summer, but Fall Migration is happening. Songbirds start moving south while its still our vacation time. Many shorebirds, like the Marbled Godwit, left their nesting areas above the Arctic circle and have been moving south at a less hectic pace than during spring migration for awhile now. I saw my first Yellow Warbler a week ago, right about the time the Ruddy Turnstones starting showing up on the beach.  Now there are all sorts of birds on the move, finding their way to their overwintering grounds in the Bahamas, Central or South America. It's a terrific time for birding wherever you are, as there are sure to be some new birds passing through regularly.      

In this month's newsletter 
  • Who's on the Beach With Me?
  • Draw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with David Sibley
  • Why Are Birds So Quiet Now?
  • Piping Plovers Living the Life
  • Get in Touch With Nature Around the World
  • Epic Cuckoo Migration Discovered
  • Shorebirds Watch Their Feet
And don't forget to check out our expanding list of ways to help birds.
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Marbled Godwit
Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel
Who's On the Beach With Me? 

A summer at the beach continues to be a favored American pastime - and one which is doable during the time of covid. But even with social distancing we are not alone on the beach!  Of course, there are various species of gulls whose presence is unmistakable. But there are also lots of other birds who are nesting on and migrating through east and west coast American beaches. 
American Oystercatcher Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel
Many, having nested in the northern reaches of the tundra in Canada or Alaska, are on their way south, feeding on shorelines to keep their energy and body weight up for the many thousands of miles yet to fly. 

Shorebirds come in varying shapes and sizes. There are many different species of sandpipers, plovers and other shorebirds - some small and brown, some shockingly elegant in color or beak shape. These are some of the toughest and longest distance fliers among bird species - some like Red Knots - weighing in at less than 5 ounces - travel 19,000 miles roundtrip every year. And there are reports of Whimbrels, which are very large shorebirds, having been known to fly straight through the eye of a hurricane at high altitude. 

Right now the shorebird species seen on North American beaches are changing as they finish nesting and migrate south.  Here are four birds you may find on your beach this time of year and which you can easily identify:
Draw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with David Sibley

You don't need to go outside to get to know birds: Try drawing them
instead. David Sibley, the ornithologist who wrote and illustrated 
The Sibley Guide to Birds, created a video for Audubon that shows how to sketch a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Get out a piece of paper and a pencil or crayon and try it yourself!

Why Are Birds So Quiet Now?

For months now, early every morning the songs and calls would

Molting Northern Cardinal
 Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel
start - sometimes before dawn - and the raucous, beautiful and energetic bird sounds from birds like Carolina Wrens and this Northern Cardinal continued filling the soundscape until sundown.  Then one day....suddenly the yard was oddly quiet.  What happened?

Piping Plovers Living the Life

For many shorebirds, nesting season is highly stressful and often
Piping Plover Chick
Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel
unsuccessful - often due to human interaction.  But in one spot in NJ, there is a protected beach area where Piping Plovers can raise their brood relatively undisturbed - due to human intervention.  Because here, a protected spot was built especially to protect the nesting habitat of this rapidly disappearing species and keep it predator free.  Take a minute to watch this enchanting video of a Piping Plover family doing what they do best - living the life.  And be inspired. 
Get in Touch With Nature Around the World


We may not be able to travel right now, but Birdlife International is making it possible to be whisked away to the far ends of the globe with updates on birds from all seven continents from Helmeted Hornbills to Sage Grouse to Grey-breasted Parakeets.  Learn more about making a healthy planet a human right and explore issues of biodiversity and conservation from around the world.  Increase the size of your  birding patch right from your home and take advantage of this free download

Rhinoceros Hornbill, Borneo; Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel
In the News:  Epic Cuckoo Migration Discovered

Can't fly because of the pandemic? It hasn't seemed to stop Mongolian_cuckoo migrating birds, pretty much anywhere. In fact, a Mongolian cuckoo by the name of Onon who was tagged with a GPS last summer, completed a 10,000 mile journey from South Africa to Mongolia in 2 weeks. Given it was believed that cuckoos in Asia migrated to south Asia, this information was not just surprising, it is a new discovery to science.  Their trek takes them nonstop across an ocean, in a flight path that overall is diagonal in a north east direction. 

Want to learn more about this extraordinary migration? Check out this BBC story and The Mongolian Cuckoo Project.
BirdNote: Shorebirds Watch Their Feet

Ever wonder why shorebirds have different colored legs?
 It's not  by accident!  Nature has a plan for shorebirds to be able to see where they are going no matter where they are walking.  Sound intriguing?  Listen to this BirdNote piece

Yellowlegs; Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel
Stay at Home and Immerse Yourself in Nature

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Relax, refresh and rest to wild nature sounds from around the world.
"Peaceful Nature: Rainforest to Savannah"  found on SpotifyApple Music -- and more streaming services.  

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Help Support Wildlife and Animal Charities
WildTones supports a variety of wildlife and animal related charities. We recommend the following organizations and know them all personally.  We encourage you to consider giving a donation of any size and join us in helping the work they do.

The Alex Foundation
(Avian Cognition & Intelligence Research)
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Audubon New York
(Bird Conservation in NY State)
(Global Bird Conservation)
The International Crane Foundation - Keeping Whooping Cranes Safe (Whooping Cranes)International Crane Foundation
International Primate Protection League 
(Gibbon and Primate Protection Worldwide)
Oceanites (Antarctic Penguin Research)Oceanites
The Roar Foundation
(Big Cats Rescue)

We thank
Stan Tekiela for his terrific bird and animal calls, our ringtones, and Dawn Through Night album!
Deborah Rivel for her Marbled Godwit, American Oystercatcher, Piping Plovers, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstone, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Northern Cardinal and Yellowlegs images and her recordings for our Rainforest to Savannah album.
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