Did you know? May 2015

A Black Flamingo has been photographed in Cyprus.
A photo of this rare, melanistic bird can be seen at the following website:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/science/20150408_Reuters_Report_KBN0MZ1O7_Black_flamingo__possibly_unique__spotted_in_Cyprus.html#74XBGgTdvXZuHrPf.

Two scientists at Cornell University have concluded that the common redpoll and the hoary redpoll are the same species, just with different different genetic expression, not different DNA.
http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/2015/03/30/from-many-one-how-many-species-of-redpolls-are-there/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=b07736418e-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_4_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-b07736418e-305008269

A new book on woodpeckers has been published.  With 239 species accounts, written by well-known expert Gerard Gorman, is now available.  A detailed description and sample pages of this beautifully illustrated book, titled  Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide , can be seen on this webpage review by Donna Lynn  Schulman.
http://10000birds.com/woodpeckers-of-the-world-a-photographic-guide-a-review.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+10000Birds+%2810%2C000+Birds%29Noah

Strycker has reached a milestone on his quest to see 5,000 birds this year - 2265 birds -  half the birds of the Western Hemisphere (and he hasn’t even reached North America yet).  Follow Noah on his year-long birdquest (see the map, enter the contest, find out the name and contact info for guides he is using on this trip) at:
http://www.audubon.org/features/birding-without-borders

The northern lights have been very active this spring. Here’s a link to fantastic pictures from  some recent northern lights shows.
http://www.softservenews.com/en/aurora-borealis-breaking-news/aurora-pictures-from-spring-of-2015.html