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  • Caroll Spinney, puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, dies at 85 - Variety
  • My heart: At the Kennedy Center Honors, “Emmylou Harris described Ronstadt’s voice as ‘the most stunningly beautiful of our generation.’ Ronstadt, who retired from performing due to Parkinson’s disease, wept openly in the honorees box as Harris spoke.” - Make the Yuletide Gabe Ortíz
  • Spinney died at his home in Connecticut after living with Dystonia for some time - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Hundreds of dead birds found in mystery mass death - BBC News (UK)
  • Tests being carried out on hundreds of birds found dead in north Wales - BBC News (UK)
  • The Henson family honored Spinney after his passing, describing his meeting with the Muppets creator as "a moment of creative destiny." - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Sad news from Sesame Street. The man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch has died. - VANITY FAIR
  • Caroll Spinney, who played the sweet-natured Big Bird on “Sesame Street,” died at 85. He also gave Oscar the Grouch his misanthropic personality. - The New York Times
  • Climate change is causing birds to shrink, new study says - CBS News
  • Carol Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, has died. Revisit our 2009 interview with him about his costume, career, and his ultimate goal: “to play this six-year-old bird for 50 years.” - The New Yorker
  • A wildlife officer came to the aid of a great horned owl that got its wing stuck on a barbed wire fence, safely disentangling the bird. The owl was brought to the Birds of Prey Foundation where it was treated. - ABC News
  • This island in Colombia is a prime spot for whale watching. Fishing is prohibited so there's plenty of marine life. And it's full of monkeys, lizards and birds. "It's like a mini-Galápagos," a resort manager says. It's also a former penal colony. - NPR
  • People out West wear cowboy hats all the time. But pigeons? Las Vegas residents spotted two of the birds around town in tiny cowboy hats this week. No one seems to know how the birds got the hats, but it worries a local bird rescue group. - CNN
  • Out of the whole article, this is my favourite paragraph - "At Dundreggan, life is beginning to return. A black grouse shoots up and a raven scuds on the wind, prospecting for the small mammals and young birds in the burgeoning scrub." This is the future. - Holly Gillibrand
  • BREAKING: Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who voiced Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street," has died at age 85. - The Associated Press
  • Stunning photograph shows how a Chinese fisherman uses a flock of cormorants to haul in his catch of the day - Daily Mail Online
  • Birds are vanishing from North America. There’s a way to bring them back. - L.A. Times Opinion
  • Birds of a feather stick together. - Our Revolution
  • Do you know a bird that fits the bill? A duck that recently lost its mate is the star of a singles ad in Maine. - AP Oddities