Date: 4/4/17 7:42 am From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> Subject: [Va-bird] Atlas Workshops and Angry Birds (not the game)
Good Tuesday morning, VA Birders!
I have several VABBA2 updates for you, then a good Atlas breeding code tip!
We’ve held our first Atlas regional training sessions in Charlottesville and NoVA over the last two weekends. Both have been filled to capacity! Volunteer turnout and enthusiasm has been fantastic, so thanks to all who attended! *For those of you who are interested in attending one of these sessions, we still have a few spots open in the Western Training Session on April 15 (held in the Blacksburg area)*. See our events page for the registration link. Additionally, we will be holding an afternoon session at the VSO meeting in Richmond focused on data entry and new Atlas tools.
I want to thank the local organizations and volunteers who have helped make these events possible. A shout out to Monticello Bird Club members *Jenny Gaden, Guy and Susan Babineau, and Janet Paisley*, who were hugely helpful in pulling together the Charlottesville session. In NoVA, *Kristen Sinclair* of Fairfax County parks helped me pull together two big events this past weekend. These big workshops wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of local birders, so thanks much to you all!
On to breeding codes! What codes should you be using for ‘angry birds’? Three different apply, so let’s clarify when to use each of these.
*A – Agitated Behavior. *This code applies when *birds give angry chip notes, often flying or walking repetitively through the same area. * They will often raise their head feathers and body feathers, as further signs of agitation. (Note! Pishing negates this code, because you won’t know if their agitation is caused by your behavior or the presence of a nest.
*T – Territorial Defense.* This code covers several major and common behaviors…
- *Chasing and scolding* individuals of the same species (intraspecific aggression) or a different species (interspecific defense).
- *Counter-singing* with males of the same species. This can sound much like a duet with one male echoing or attempting to overshadow the song of another.
These two codes are similar and some situations will arise where either could be used. In such cases, don’t fret over which to apply. Since they are both in same category, this isn’t a huge concern.
*Distraction Display – DD. *This code occurs *when an adult feigns injury or uses another extreme behavior to distract an intruder from a nest or young. *With the exception of species like the Killdeer, this type of behavior is not very common.
Most examples of aggressive or defensive behavior will fall under A or T codes, so be cautious when applying the DD code.
*Note!* Agitation and distraction displays mean that a bird is likely stressed out by your presence. Make every effort to leave the area quickly when you begin observing either A or DD.
With that, I will sign-off for today. Thanks to all of you who are contributing your breeding observations to the VABBA2. Please keep those breeding codes rolling in and enjoy the onset of Spring migration!
All the best,
Ashley Peele, PhD Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech Office: 540-231-9182 Fax: 540-231-7019 *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***