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Outstanding Pied Oystercatcher parenting!

When you monitor a species of birds over many years you learn a lot from your observations and you soon...

Velleity

I was walking to Stanley Park from my hotel in downtown Vancouver on November 10 when I came upon a boat named Velleity. What a perfect name for a boat sitting in a harbor! Of course, the word velleity has always seemed singularly descriptive of me, ever since I discovered it in an Ogden Nash poetry book. Show More Summary

Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake

Positive reinforcement tells me that I should be finding snakes in Houston, TX. The first one was found simply by...

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of November 2014?

No snow here! As someone who lives close enough to Buffalo to feel both tremendous fear and relief regarding the...

A Visit to the Audiologist

Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring—not dog, cat, or mouse. Or maybe there was—I sure couldn’t tell. My ears are so old that my hearing’s gone to hell. So up to Essentia in my Prius I flew To the audiology office up on Floor 2. Show More Summary

Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tulsa

Just returned from an amazing tour of Tulsa … wildlife rehabilitators, fabulous artists, even an NPR interview with Rich Fisher...

Overview of My Trip to Vancouver

The only photo of Russ and me from the entire trip, from the ferry to Vancouver Island. This month, Russ attended a scientific meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, and I got to tag along as his plucky sidekick. I’ve never been toShow More Summary

Waterfowl at the Local Water Treatment Plant

As it turned out the month of October brings some of the common migratory waterfowl to our local water treatment...

Laura's Top Ten List: Best things about being 63

1. The number 63 is ASCII for the question mark—the perfect symbol for how I go through life. 2. It's also the number of chromosomes found in the offspring of a donkey and a horse (both hinnies and mules). 3. Michael Jordan scored aShow More Summary

So, I’m Writing a Field Guide

Yeah, I’m kind of surprised too. After all, while I like to believe that I am a pretty good bird...

Win (Gunnison Sage Grouse), Lose (Bird Flu), or Draw (European Blackbirds)

Finally some good-ish news for the Gunnison Sage Grouse: The boomers of the Rocky Mountain states have finally been granted “threatened species” protection....

Tundra Swan Song

Tundra swans. (NPS Photo/ Tim Rains/via Wikimedia) Twice in the past week I've heard calling (you can't really call it singing) tundra swans here in southeastern Ohio. The first time was last Friday night just about dusk. I was sitting...Show More Summary

Peregrine Falcon vs Brown Pelican?

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wpM1LwKaak When doing some research for a presentation on cavity nesting birds of Northern California, I came upon a reference...

Scarlet Tanager

4 days agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

The scarlet tanager is an American passerine. They breed through out the eastern half of the United States and parts of southeastern Canada. During this time they feed primarily on insects which they typically glean from th trunk and branches of trees at the top of the canopy. Show More Summary

Move Over Counting Crows, Here are the Counting Robins

So the massive project I’m working on reaches its climax this weekend, and my laptop is still broken… so here...

November Birding in Bryant Park

Several Gray Catbirds are still in Bryant Park. This one was hanging out on a table in front of Sixth...

Back to the beach!

It is good to be home! There have been a lot of good birds seen in the Northern Territory over...

White-winged Dove in Queens!

This morning I was out at Fort Tilden on the barrier beaches of Queens at first light, hoping to take...

Five Benefits of Feeder Birding in Costa Rica

The survivalist birder scoffs at feeders. I recently became aware of this after an erstwhile interview with one of those...

Year of the Shrike

Yesterday I saw a Dark-eyed Junco while I was walking my dog. It was the Slate-colored form, of course. No...

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