Here in Kansas
A list of birds that are becoming more common and less common in Kansas, perhaps because of shifts related to climate change, and the estimated miles the birds have moved north over the last 40 years, according to the Audubon Society.
Less common species:
• Black-billed Magpie, 85.6• American Black Duck, 182.0• Rough-legged Hawk, 178.7• Black-capped Chickadee, 90.3• American Crow, 88.8
More common species:
• Snow Goose, 217.1• Hermit Thrush, 91.4• Wood Duck, 37.1• Marsh Wren, 25.2• Ring-necked Duck, 219.2
Washington An Audubon Society study to be released today found that more than half of 305 birds species in North America, a hodgepodge that includes robins, gulls, chickadees and owls, are spending the winter about 35 miles farther north than they did 40 years ago.
The purple finch was the biggest northward mover. Its wintering grounds are now more along the latitude of Milwaukee, Wis., instead of Springfield, Mo.
Bird ranges can expand and shift for many reasons, among them urban sprawl, deforestation and the supplemental diet provided by backyard feeders. But researchers say the only explanation for why so many birds over such a broad area are wintering in more northern locales is global warming.
Over the 40 years covered by the study, the average January temperature in the United States climbed by about 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
“This is as close as science at this scale gets to proof,” said Greg Butcher, the lead scientist on the study and the director of bird conservation at the Audubon Society. “It is not what each of these individual birds did. It is the wide diversity of birds that suggests it has something to do with temperature, rather than ecology.”