December 28, 2014
A story Friday on a bird census might have wrongly indicated that the white-throated sparrow and dark eyed junco migrate north for the winter. The birds fly south, but do not travel as far as before because of warmer temperatures in northeastern states.
December 27, 2014 |
Armed with binoculars and spotting scopes, birders are fanning out this month across the region's fields and forests for an annual Audubon Society project to create a snapshot of bird populations in the western hemisphere. "I really enjoy knowing that my hobby is providing scientific value down the pike," said Bob Mercer, a volunteer and bird enthusiast who compiled data in Bucks County. Mercer is one of an estimated 70,000 volunteers who will participate in the Christmas Bird Count, which began Dec. 14 and continues until Jan. 5. The event dates back to 1900, when it was a response to an early-20th-century competition to shoot the most wildlife after Christmas dinner, said Paul Zeph, director of conservation for Audubon Pennsylvania.
December 27, 2014 |
With New Jersey's osprey population continuing to grow, state officials are turning to citizen observers and private groups for help monitoring a species considered an important indicator of environmental health. Researchers estimate there were 567 nesting pairs of ospreys in the state this year, according to a report released this week by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and a private nonprofit organization, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. The report was based on ground surveys conducted by staff and volunteers in June and July.
December 23, 2014 |
LANDOVER, Md. - DeSean Jackson cruising downfield, unimpeded, relishing his vengeance ... that will be the visual epitaph of this lost Eagles season. Other images frame this central picture. Jeremy Maclin, still fully dressed in front of his locker 45 minutes after the season's worst loss ... Marcus Smith, the first-round pick, pulling on his shoes next to the shower entrance, anonymous at the end of a fruitless first season in which his fellow defenders constantly struggled ... LeSean McCoy, fuming that he had endured another backfield beating because the Birds can't go deep ... Bradley Fletcher, in street clothes, finally benched and fleeing the scene faster than he ever pursued a receiver ... Cary Williams, Fletcher's co-starter since last season uniformed, mute but likely free next month to go sconce shopping ... Jeffrey Lurie, hiding in plain sight at the back of the tiny visitor's locker room ... Chip Kelly, quietly thunderstruck on a podium, defeated by his own arrogance as he admitted that DeSean Jackson, who he cut, cannot be stopped.
December 19, 2014 |
THE EAGLES have a lot of difficult decisions to make this offseason, not the least of which is what to do about the quarterback position. Regardless of what happens Saturday or next week against the Giants, regardless of whether the Eagles make the playoffs, Mark Sanchez almost certainly won't be back. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in March. He hasn't played horribly, but he hasn't played consistently well either. I'd be shocked if the Eagles tried to re-sign him. Nick Foles still has another year left on his contract and still has his 2013 tape (27 TDs, two interceptions, league-best 119.2 passer rating)
December 16, 2014 |
Seventeen days earlier they were the secondary that stopped Tony Romo's touchdown streak at 38 games, held Dez Bryant in check, and also offered enough run support to keep DeMarco Murray under 100 yards for just the second time this season. It was more than just a step forward for the oft-maligned men in the Eagles defensive backfield; it was a giant leap that lifted the Eagles into first place in the NFC East with an unlikely Thanksgiving Day rout of the Dallas Cowboys down in Texas.
December 12, 2014 |
The Eagles signed safety Jerome Couplin off the Detroit Lions' practice squad to fill the roster spot that opened when they cut Roc Carmichael on Tuesday. Couplin, who is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, played eight games for the Lions this season and had two tackles. He went undrafted in May out of William and Mary. "Big, tall safety," coach Chip Kelly said. "We think he's got potential. The only way you can get a guy like that is you have to add him to your active roster. " Couplin does not yet have a specific role, and the signing appears to give the Eagles a prospect to evaluate for the future.
December 11, 2014 |
The Eagles heard the insults from some Seahawks after their 24-14 loss to Seattle on Sunday, but they were not going to trade barbs. The players know how poorly they played. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who passed for only 96 yards, was on the receiving end of defensive end Michael Bennett's humor. After sacking Sanchez and recording two tackles for a loss, Bennett told USA Today: "You need to tell the Philadelphia police that they need to put an [APB] out, because Sanchez is out there trying to impersonate a good quarterback.
December 8, 2014 |
Vandals set fire to a giant wooden sculpture of the town's namesake bird early Saturday morning in Phoenixville, barely 16 hours before it was to have been burned in a ceremony at the borough's annual Firebird Festival, officials said. But taking their cue from the mythological lore of the phoenix, volunteers rallied to rebuild a smaller version of the winged figure in time for the annual event. The replacement wooden phoenix was ignited shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday while hundreds watched, despite the daylong rain.
November 28, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - It is not exactly a thankless job, playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense, but it is not exactly a glamour position, either. You spend much of your life trying to tie a rope around some mammoth guard on the other side of the line of scrimmage so that one of the linebackers can make the tackle. In pass-rushing situations, well, most of the sacks go to the guys on the outside while you attempt to crash the pocket and move the quarterback off his spot and into their waiting hands.