Songbirds Sing on a Fast Wing

first_imgPurple martins and wood thrushes are common songbirds of the eastern United States.  Until recently, it has not been possible to follow their movements accurately.  Now, a team of biologists in Toronto, Erie and Cambridge was able to track them with tiny geolocators.  They found that the little birds fly farther and faster than previously known.    Reporting in Science,1 the ornithologists found that most of the purple martins made it from Pennsylvania to the Yucatan (2500 km) in 5 days.  That’s 500 km, (over 300 miles), per day.  Then the birds stopped over there for 3 to 4 weeks before moving south to the Amazon basin.  Some of the wood thrushes that migrated from Pennsylvania spent a 2-4 week stopover in the southeastern United States before crossing the Gulf of Mexico.  A couple of the monitored thrushes stopped also in the Yucatan before reaching wintering grounds in Honduras or Nicaragua.    As if that were not amazing enough, the return flights were 2 to 6 times faster.  One female martin made the 7500 km trip from the Amazon Basin to Pennsylvania in 13 days – averaging 577 km (360 mi) per day.  That includes 4 stopover days.  The wood thrushes took 13 to 15 days to get home.  One of them, oddly, took the overland route instead of crossing the Gulf of Mexico, requiring 29 days to complete the 4600 km route.    How do these new studies enhance our understanding of bird flight capabilities?  “Previous studies appear to greatly underestimate the true flight performance of migrating songbirds because spring migration speed has typically been estimated at under 150 km/day.”  National Geographic News reported on the story with pictures and a video.  The lead author commented on the purple martin front-runner, “Maybe this is some kind of super-bird, but still I was really impressed that any bird can do this.  These birds are traveling really fast and breaking all the rules.”    Science Daily also reported on the research.  The geolocators, it said, are smaller than a dime and mounted on the birds’ backs with thin straps around the legs, hopefully not interfering with flight.  One can only wonder if the record-setting female martin might have bested her own time without the backpack.1.  Stutchbury, Tarof, Done, Gow, Kramer, Tautin, Fox, and Afanasyev, “Tracking Long-Distance Songbird Migration by Using Geolocators,” Science, 13 February 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5916, p. 896, DOI: 10.1126/science.1166664.This bird didn’t break any rules.  God didn’t put speed limit signs on the route.  He equipped these amazing creatures with awe-inspiring capabilities and let them loose to fly like they were designed to do at their own pace.  We can watch the race like sports fans.    Here is another story that owed nothing to Darwin.  Neither the original paper or the popular write-ups even mentioned him.  Darwinists keep saying that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.  This science project did just fine in natural ambience without the black lights (see 02/10/2009 commentary, last line).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Fifa gives Zuma his ref’s certificate

first_img30 June 2009In the unlikely event of an injury to a referee during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa has a ready replacement – in President Jacob Zuma, who’s just been given a special award by Fifa for refereeing on Robben Island during his years as a political prisoner.Zuma refereed for the Makana Football Association, which ran a soccer league for political prisoners on Robben Island, between 1965 and 1973.Fifa president Sepp Blatter conferred the special award on Zuma on Sunday, the final day of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.“It is a historical moment for Fifa to have a former referee of Robben Island in Mr Jacob Zuma,” Blatter said. “As such, we have decided that you are an International Referee, and that is why we have prepared a special certificate for you.”“Thank you so much, I appreciate it,” Zuma replied. “This brings back memories of my young days, when I could still play and referee!”For years on Robben Island, political prisoners had to fight for the right to play football, with men secretly playing the game in their cells with balls made of pieces of paper, cardboard and rags tied together with string.The island’s authorities finally gave in, granting inmates the right to play football in 1965. The prisoners then built their own goals, and would swap their drab prison garb to play in the colours of their teams on Saturdays.The Makana FA was formed in 1966. It was a football association which adhered strictly to Fifa’s statutes and laws of the game. On 18 July 2007, Makana FA became the first Fifa honorary member association.Among the best players on the island were the likes of Kgalema Motlanthe, currently Deputy President of South Africa. Dikgang Moseneke, now a Constitutional Court judge, was on Makana FA’s disciplinary committee.SAinfo reporter and Fifa.comlast_img read more

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D-League: Che-Lu-San Sebastian whips Go for Gold for back-to-back wins

first_imgMichael Calisaan also notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards to guide the Revellers to their fourth win in seven games.“We’re more prepared this time out,” said coach Stevenson Tiu as his side moved to fifth place with its 4-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChe’Lu-San Sebastian set the tone early in the game, going on a 15-2 start before punishing Go for Gold for its 25 turnovers which led to 33 easy points for the Revellers.Despite coming out on top, Tiu isn’t resting on his laurels knowing the remaining four games remain crucial for his team’s chances in the playoffs. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’re still not safe. There’s still a lot that can happen. So that’s the challenge for our guys to make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.Justin Gutang paced the Scratchers (2-3) with 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 87 — Bulanadi 15, De Leon 14, Calisaan 13, Collado 11, Ilagan 8, Batino 6, Faundo 4, Capobres 3, Jeruta 3, Siruma 3, Santos 2, Costelo 0, Lao 0.GO FOR GOLD 65 — Gutang 12, Salem 11, Haruna 9, Domingo 8, Alejandro 5, Ocampo 3, Pasturan 3, Young 3, Gaco 2, Leutcheu 2, Naboa 1, Casiño 0, Pili 0.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian coasted to its first back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, shutting down Go for Gold, 87-65, Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center.Allyn Bulanadi scattered 15 points and three rebounds, while Samboy de Leon went 3-of-4 from downtown to wound up with 14 markers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Quarters: 17-12, 39-29, 58-42, 87-65. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dancelast_img read more

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India vs England: Birmingham Test stats

first_imgStatistical highlights of the third Test between India and England at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.India lost the Birmingham Test by and innings and 242 runs – their third worst defeat in their history of 454 Tests in terms of runs. This was also the second worst loss for India against England in terms of runs.The 1958 loss against West Indies at Eden Gardens is the worst of India’s losses in terms of runs. India had lost that match by an innings and 336 runs. And an inning and 285-run loss to England at Lord’s way back in 1974 ranks second in the list.This was Alastair Cook’s second double ton. His previous best was 235 not out against Australia during the Ashes in Brisbane in November last year. Incidentally, 235 not out is also his highest first-class score.Alastair Cook’s 294 is his best knock against India, surpassing the 104 not out at Nagpur in 2005-06.Alastair Cook’s 294 is the highest score by a English batsman at Edgbaston.Eoin Morgan scored his second Test ton in his career spanning 12 Tests. His first came against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in July 2010.Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss have registered 13 century partnerships – eleven for the first wicket and two for the second wicket. The pair posted their second century stand against India – their first is 118 for the first wicket at Chennai in December 2008.The Strauss-Cook pair is the first English opening pair and the fourth in Tests to aggregate 4,000 runs or more – 4072 at an average of 43.31 in 96 innings. The pair joined three other pairs – West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (6482 at 47.31 in 148 innings), Australia’s Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden (5655 at 51.88 in 113) and Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (4469 at 40.26 in 118).The 11 opening century stands by Cook-Strauss have been exceeded only by Greenidge-Haynes (16), Hobbs-Sutcliffe (15) and Hayden-Langer (14).Kevin Pietersen (63 off 78 balls) recorded his fourth fifty against India – his 25th in Tests.Pietersen has averaged 56.21 in Tests against India -1068 in 20 innings, including four centuries and four fifties.The 186-run opening partnership is England’s highest against India at Edgbaston, obliterating the 157 between David Lloyd and Dennis Amiss in 1974.The said stand is the third highest for England against India for the first wicket – the top two being 225 between Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch at Manchester and 204 by the same pair at Lord’s – both in 1990.advertisementlast_img read more

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