Monday, October 12, 2009

Cornell contest: A Murder of Crows & Other Spooky Bird Tales

Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Celebrate Urban Birds project invites you to participate in its contest this month. "A Murder of Crows and Other Spooky Bird Tales" accepts entries until Oct. 31, and entries can be photos, stories and videos sent via e-mail.

Birds can be downright spooky sometimes. A European Starling flies at your head, thousands of crows roost in a downtown park, a pigeon takes over your balcony. With Halloween just a few weeks away, we want to see and hear spooky things about birds! We'll try to explain what's really going on with their puzzling behavior.

Go outside and take a photo, do a painting, write a story or a poem, or even shoot a video showing crows, pigeons, starlings, an owl, or any kind of bird doing something strange.
You can download a flyer to encourage more participation. You'll find more details -- such as the terms of agreement and the many prizes including optics, books and CDs -- here.

Remember to send your entries via e-mail by Oct. 31. Good luck!

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Blogger Luisa said...

My scary bird story is contemporary nonfiction. There's a sick finch hanging around my yard and he won't leave.

I've been a casual birder for decades, but this is the first season I've put out feeders [tube feeders] at home. I was looking forward to some happy, backyard birding.

And then this awful-looking finch appears. Poor thing has a bad eye, bad foot and a big old tumor-ish thing on one wing. I'm guessing it's avian pox + mycoplasmal conjunctivitis. I take the feeders down and wash 'em and soak 'em in a bleach bath, I keep the feeders down for a couple weeks -- and the minute one's back up, sick & scary tumor-bird is right there, looking worse than ever.

Thanks for letting me vent. Guess it's back to the old bleach bath...

October 12, 2009 6:38 PM  

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