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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of June 2016)

We’re getting some steamy temps in the temperate zone I live in, which confirms every other sign that summer is...

Least Terns!

In June 1976, Russ had a professional meeting in Savannah, Georgia, and I tagged along to go birding. I had only been a birder for a little over a year and never anywhere near a coast, so my focus was entirely on seeing what I could find. Show More Summary

Red-necked Grebes in Germany

17 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

There is no denying the fact that birders are a discriminating bunch. This seems to apply especially to birders in...

Burra Rock Conservation Reserve

Having spent several weeks in the bush in remote areas south of Broome I have plenty to share, so choosing...

Halfway Through the Year and Still a Lot More Birds to See in Costa Rica

It’s June, it’s solstice time, it’s when the kids run out the front door of school screaming in jubilation. At...

What’s in a Name: Brewer’s Blackbird

Blackbirds, as a family, often to have those simple descriptive names that are easy to mock (Yellow-rumped Warbler, ugh) until...

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of June 2016?

The solstice tells us that we are finally immersed in summer, assuming you live north of the Equator. Antipodeans are...

A “Thank You” is All You Need

Birders are utterly suspicious characters. By Greek law enforcement officers, I had already been taken for a spy. But, seen...

Experiments With Eagles

I went to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska--which is a delightful festival, I highly recommend it. I met a ton of people who were originally from Minnesota and for one reason or another had moved to Alaska. I can see why, it's beautiful and great for people who enjoy the outdoors. Show More Summary

U.S. Endangered Species Act: The System Works

In a world that’s often full of tragedy, every now and then some good news comes along to restore one’s...

Tidal flats yield yet another great find

As I had promised last week, I will touch on my success trying to photograph a Mangrove Warbler. This turned...

A new little family and a scary threat to their survival

Last fall on September 7, when I was taking photos of my dog Pip and the birds at my birdbath, I noticed some Red-bellied Woodpeckers in my yard and my neighbors’. They were here and there, hard to track in the foliage, but I saw at least one adult and at least two young birds, and managed to get pictures of one young one. Show More Summary

Great Tit Telomeres, Baby Talk, Brainy Birds

Great Tit Telomeres, Baby Talk, Brainy Birds This morning, I have three interesting scientific findings related to bird for you....

SHOOTIN' THE MOON

5 days agoHobbies / Birding : Looking Up

Photos taken at the Chatham Light Overlook. We chatted with Stephen and Susan who'd parked beside us to watch the solstice full moon come up over the ocean. This is for you two. It was so much fun sharing the wonder and laughter. LATER THAT NIGHT....

Intervention: Stringer Edition

There are two types of birders that everyone hates – assholes and stringers. Which is worse, I don’t know. But...

Birding Took A Back Seat To Yardwork

Reluctantly, birding had to take a back seat to yardwork and other responsibilities. Yes, even birders sometimes have to trim hedges,weed gardens, have the car serviced etc.. Of course, I had every intention to sneak a little birding in after I was done but quickly realized it was time to shut the birding down and get the work done. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #210 Bird Brains and Philandering Godwits

Spice Gull. The struggle of birders attracting new birders. Gary the philandering godwit. Bird brains blah, blah, blah. So if you have an iPhone, some extra time on your hands and you're looking for a bird dating sim app...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2016)

Mid-June has so much to offer in the temperate zones, with breeders in one half of the world and migrants...

Singing Honeyeaters

It is very easy when writing about birds to ignore the birds you see most often and there are more...

Guira Cuckoo

You could be forgiven for thinking that I only ever post about birds from Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires. The...

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