Friday, May 05, 2017

Death at the Window

This is a photo of 346 migratory birds killed in a single night by striking a single building in Galveston, Texas.

Most of these birds are neo-tropical migrant songbirds coming north on a storm front, no doubt having flown over open water a long distance.

Among the dead: Black-and-white Warblers; Western Tanagers; Scarlet Tanagers; Summer Tanager; Blackburnian Warblers; Ovenbirds; American Redstarts; Indigo Bunting; Orchard Orioles; Yellow-rumped Warbler; Black-throated Green Warbler; Bay-breasted Warbler; Golden-winged Warbler; Western Thrush; Swainson's Thrush, Wilson's Warbler; Red-eyed Vireo; and Gray Catbird.

See the links below to learn a bit more about why so many of these bird species are in decline.

Related Links:
** When Population Growth Comes Homes to Roost
** Coffee, Birds and the World Bank
** Bird Species Decline in the U.S.

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