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16 hours agoHobbies / Birding : Looking Up

Neighbors estimate there were 300 plus. The pictures tell the story.

Following Roots Back To New Hampshire

A few family members took an October day trip up to a small town in New Hamphire. Gilsum has a population of about 800 and you can tell by looking at this picture of the town mall that the town hasn't changed much over the years. WeShow More Summary

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of November 2014?

23 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Keep your eyes to the skies for vultures circling for fresh meat. Do you think vultures find zombies confusing? This Friday brings...

Face to Face

Right after my third baby was born, when I was still recovering from a long labor and not quite back to myself, I received an advertising postcard from a local plastic surgeon, whose name I have mercifully forgotten, suggesting that this would be a perfect time for a facelift. Show More Summary

Halloween Wait'n . . .

All is in readiness for literally the hundreds of ghosts, goblins and assorted ninjas that will be visiting us this evening. Ours is, once again, a very young neighborhood and we live - (generally congenially) - cheek by jowl. It brings in kids from all over the Toledo/Sylvania area - cause ya don't have to go far for the goodies. Show More Summary

The Ruddy Shelduck Twitch

One of those mornings that somehow let the light in, but without a trace of sun. I leave tarmac behind,...

You Can Relax Now, It's Safe To Purchase A Second Edition Sibley

A new printing of The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition is available and you can see a difference from the first printing with just the back cover. Note the bolder font on the book on the left. Hey, remember last March when we were...Show More Summary

Are You Going to the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival?

I certainly can’t wait for 21 January 2015! That will be the opening day of the 18th Annual Space Coast...

Book Review: Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

It’s six weeks to the day till I go to Africa, and of late conversations about the subject have taken...

Kingfishers in a Sitcom World

I often tell people that there is little humans can do that doesn’t have an avian counterpart. People who remain devoted to their mate throughout their life are like swans, geese, and cranes. Those who tolerate each other and stick it out for the duration but take separate vacations are more like Bald Eagles. Show More Summary

Sora! Sora! Sora!

I realize that no one wants to hear about other people’s lists. It can be boring, for sure, but my...

Big Sit 2015 Results

Well, it was close. The 2015 Whipple Bird Club Big Sit in the birding tower at Indigo Hill started off slower than expected. Snowy tree crickets and other assorted singing insects created just enough white noise to make it hard to hear the calls of night migrating birds overhead. Show More Summary

Pileated Woodpecker

3 days agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. That is unless you believe that the ivory billed woodpecker, which has not had a verified sighting in about 40 years, is not extinct. they are found in wooded areas of the eastern half of the United States, the Pacific Northwest and the boreal forests of Canada. Show More Summary

National Feral Cat Day Didn’t Go As Planned

feral cat with a Golden-crowned Kinglet by Isaac Grant Pity the poor souls at Alley Cat Allies. They have been...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2014)

The final weekend of October positively burns with activity, from spectacular seasonal fare to sports extravaganzas to Halloween hullabaloo. How...

The Sunda Teals of Jakarta

The Sunda Teal is a brown duck. This may make it very popular amongst European birders who can relate, but...

Belted Kingfisher: More Than You Thought You Wanted to Know

Female Belted Kingfisher I’ve got too many favorite birds. I don’t know how I could possibly compile a Top Ten list—there are just too many splendid birds out there. But I think one of my all-time favorites must be the Belted Kingfisher.This...Show More Summary

Sanctuary Lakes, Palmerston

When we first arrived in Palmerston I downloaded the bike map and then looked for water bodies within the city....

Mystery ID – Solved

In the forests of South America, a birder is likely to cross the path of a feeding flock of brown...

A White Brown-headed Cowbird

I was sorting through a large mixed flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds and European Starlings at Fort Tilden on Friday morning when...

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