Birds http://nhpr.org en Water Lilies: Sunken Forest & A Summer Oasis http://nhpr.org/post/water-lilies-sunken-forest-summer-oasis <p>You need no special excuse to seek cool water on a hot summer day. Water lilies provide a perfect mid-summer setting to explore the specialized role of aquatic plants in NH ponds and wetlands. Paddlers and shoreline hikers alike admire scented, floating flowers of water lilies blooming in July. Fragrant yellow and white blossoms seem lotus-like amid a raft of floating lily pads atop shallow freshwater ponds.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Dave Anderson 50987 at http://nhpr.org Water Lilies: Sunken Forest & A Summer Oasis 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession http://nhpr.org/post/71414-tv-research-and-delusions-and-undergarment-confession <p>Underwear, television and delusion. No, not a David Sedaris essay. These are some of the topics we are exploring on today’s Word of Mouth. Join us for an interview with psychiatrist Joe Gold about increasing prevalence of “Truman Show Delusions,” wherein people believe their life to be an elaborate reality show. Then, we talk to NY Times TV critic, Neil Gezlinger, about why television might not be the brain melting fluff we have been taught to think. Plus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, producer Taylor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quimby</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;makes a startling confession about his undergarments. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, birds are in our trees, on the beach and constantly in sight during the summer months, so we bring you two stories featuring these graceful creatures.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Listen to the full show and&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Read more</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:52:14 +0000 Word of Mouth 51893 at http://nhpr.org 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession A Salute To Bobolinks & Henry David Thoreau http://nhpr.org/post/salute-bobolinks-henry-david-thoreau <p>A tumbling jumble of bird song from across the field announces the presence of <a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/bobolink/id" target="_blank">bobolinks</a>. In his journals, <a href="http://www.walden.org/Thoreau" target="_blank">Henry David Thoreau</a> quoted a Cape Cod child who asked:</p><p>"What makes he sing so sweet, Mother? Do he eat flowers?"</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:27 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 50984 at http://nhpr.org A Salute To Bobolinks & Henry David Thoreau Something Wild: Banding The Peregrine Chick http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-banding-peregrine-chick <p>Those of you who keep a close eye on the <a href="http://www.spectraaccess.com/falcon2/camera1.html?buffer=2" target="_blank">Peregrine Falcon cam</a> in Manchester, will be well acquainted with the saga these birds have undergone this year. If you're not, NH Audubon's Chris Martin has a quick recap and explains the latest developments, as he bands this year's chick.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:41:31 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 51291 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: Banding The Peregrine Chick 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift http://nhpr.org/post/70214-amateur-sleuths-pet-owl-and-oculus-rift <p>The National Institute of Justice estimates that up to 40,000 unidentified human remains have been collected and stored in evidence rooms across the country. Today, we talk to Deborah Halber about the growing number of internet sleuths trying to solve America’s coldest cases. Then, we look into the growing digital house key market. Plus, a heartwarming tale of a man and his owl.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:15:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 51211 at http://nhpr.org 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift Something Wild: The Eerie Sounding Veery http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-eerie-sounding-veery <p>The song of the veery is a haunting, ethereal song. Males sing at dusk, a time when not many other birds sing and daytime winds have calmed. It's also a time when the air turns damp; dense, moist air transfers sound waves better than dry air.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:33:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 49771 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: The Eerie Sounding Veery A Soft Spot For Bluebirds http://nhpr.org/post/soft-spot-bluebirds <p>I've learned that a sighting of a bluebird on a bird watching field trip stops everything.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll pause a long time as people take turns looking through the spotting scope.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Involuntary gasps of pleasure, "</span>oohs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" and "</span>aahs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" and "</span>ohmygods<span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45732 at http://nhpr.org A Soft Spot For Bluebirds Favorite Phoebe Nest http://nhpr.org/post/favorite-phoebe-nest <p>A little phoebe nest is tucked beneath the rafters in my backyard woodshed like a miniature wreath. It’s a curious little relic to behold during those long, cold snowy weeks of hauling winter cordwood. By May, it once more cradles eggs and tiny nestlings.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 09:57:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 45731 at http://nhpr.org Favorite Phoebe Nest Tracking Rusty Blackbirds http://nhpr.org/post/tracking-rusty-blackbirds <p>We went into the field this week to speak with Carol Foss,&nbsp;Member of the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and NH Coordinator of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz" target="_blank">Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Rusty Blackbird populations have fallen over the last century: by between 80 and 90-percent. Last fall the working group decided to make careful study of the spring migration, and coordinated hundreds of volunteer scientists along the migration route to track the birds.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 04:56:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 47201 at http://nhpr.org Tracking Rusty Blackbirds Red-Winged Blackbirds http://nhpr.org/post/red-winged-blackbirds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Move over robins; r</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ed-winged blackbirds are the real harbingers of spring.</span></p><p>The male’s scratchy “oak-a-lee” songs are heard when the world is still blanketed with snow and maple sap is just beginning to flow.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Males return north well before females, and the early bird does get the worm.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this case the metaphorical worm is prime breeding territory.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45721 at http://nhpr.org Red-Winged Blackbirds Manchester Peregrine Finds New Mate http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-peregrine-finds-new-mate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday, the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.wmur.com/escape-outside/female-falcon-in-nh-finds-new-mate-after-male-suffers-broken-wing/25322640" target="_blank">Union Leader</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported that the peregrine family nesting high above Manchester had found a new papa bird. After her previous mate injured his wing and was taken in for surgery, the female falcon eventually left the nest in search of food. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:33:24 +0000 Logan Shannon & Andrew Parrella 46456 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Peregrine Finds New Mate Saw-Whet Owls http://nhpr.org/post/saw-whet-owls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of unusual sounds out there in the natural world.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s one from the nighttime forest, often heard this time of year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No, it’s not a school bus backing up.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a tiny owl, the northern saw-whet, and it’s a lot more common than bird surveys suggest. As you might imagine, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">mall birds active only at night are not easy to survey.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also important to note is that </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">because</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> they're the favorite meal of the much larger barred owl, their survival depends on keeping a low profile—usually under cover of dense conifers.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45589 at http://nhpr.org Saw-Whet Owls Snowy Owls In The Granite State... And Beyond! http://nhpr.org/post/snowy-owls-granite-state-and-beyond <p><a href="http://ericmasterson.com/"><strong>Eric Masterson</strong></a> joined us in studio to talk about the rare influx of snowy owls to The Granite State.</p><p>Interested in tracking snowy owls? Check out this <a href="http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&amp;env.minX=-138.26975428300784&amp;env.minY=8.643406811898442&amp;env.maxX=-11.707254283007842&amp;env.maxY=59.78816050385405&amp;zh=true&amp;gp=false&amp;ev=Z&amp;mr=on&amp;bmo=11&amp;emo=3&amp;yr=range&amp;byr=2013&amp;eyr=2014">bird tracking tool.</a> The difference in number along the eastern seacoast from 2013-2014 is <a href="http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&amp;env.minX=-138.26975428300784&amp;env.minY=8.643406811898467&amp;env.maxX=-11.707254283007842&amp;env.maxY=59.78816050385405&amp;zh=true&amp;gp=false&amp;ev=Z&amp;mr=on&amp;bmo=11&amp;emo=3&amp;yr=range&amp;byr=2012&amp;eyr=2013">readily apparent</a>.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:06:02 +0000 Word of Mouth 45352 at http://nhpr.org Snowy Owls In The Granite State... And Beyond! 3.20.14: The Birds, The Bees, & The Birds And The Bees http://nhpr.org/post/32014-birds-bees-birds-and-bees <p></p><p></p><p>While the weather these days might not be an indicator, spring is officially here. Which got us thinking in the <em>Word of Mouth</em> pod...about the birds and the bees. And also birds and bees. On today's show a conversation about the most awkward talk a parent has to have: "<strong><em>the</em></strong> talk." Also, a bird expert tells us about this year's unusual snowy owl migration. We'll also hear about the next great frontier in self tracking apps: fertility apps.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and click&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read More&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:11:53 +0000 Word of Mouth 45295 at http://nhpr.org 3.20.14: The Birds, The Bees, & The Birds And The Bees The Common Junco And Its Uncommon History http://nhpr.org/post/common-junco-and-its-uncommon-history <p>A huge question in evolutionary biology is the very basic one: How do species form?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It turns out that the Dark-eyed Junco, one of the most common birds at winter </span>feeders<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is providing a &nbsp;clear picture of that process.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, a quick review of what defines a species:</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 43873 at http://nhpr.org The Common Junco And Its Uncommon History