This Week in Birding 47

:: The big news story of the week was The New York Daily News article about the three Snowy Owls shot at JFK airport.

:: Shortly after The New York Daily News article came out, a petition was started to stop the shooting of Snowy Owls, and responding to the outcry — not just in the birding world — NY’s Port Authority announced that it would be relocating owls at risk of interfering with flights, rather than killing them.

:: Celebrate Urban Birds is holding a fun photo contest!

:: Sir David Attenborough says cats are killing large numbers of British birds

:: An article from The Washington Post about twitchers

:: Tree Sparrows are able to recognize eggs laid in their nest by other bird species

:: Have you ever wondered why woodpeckers don’t get headaches?

Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Timothy at Into the AirSnowy Owls 2013: Everything You Need to Know

:: From Shyloh at Beaking OffThe Beginning of the Winter Birding Season

:: From Jeremy at AZ BirdbrainYellow Inked Warbler

:: From Tim at Bird CanadaEarly winter birding in Calgary

:: From George at The ABA BlogThe Top 10: Most Awesome Bird Names in the World

:: :: From Sharon at BirdchickThe latest Birdchick podcast