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Birding Honduras–The Cryptic Birds

There was no snow. That was the first thing we–our New Jersey Audubon group of 11 birders, led by Scott...

Red-winged Blackbirds showing off

This is the time of year when Red-winged Blackbirds are returning to marshes all over the continent, and the males are performing their showy displays to impress females and intimidate rivals. You might think the display simply involves fluffing up the body feathers and especially the red patches on the wings, but there is a [...]

Laughing Kookaburra in attack mode!

17 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

At home in Broome we are often awoken by Blue-winged Kookaburras and their insane chattering, but here in Melbourne the...

First Phoebe of 2015

I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of the year today in the same place as last year – Rockaway...

Recipes needed

This week I am appealing for bird feeding recipes that include peanut butter. As part of an art installation, I...

Nuff Of That Previous Post With the Dead Fish

2 days agoHobbies / Birding : Looking Up

Gotta change the wallpaper. Birds and friends in AZ. Verdin. Mockingbird. Camelback Mountain. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. Big cactus with Keith and Jonna.

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of March 2015?

Once spring has tentatively sprung in the northern half of the world, spring break must inevitably follow. So many of...

What’s in a Name: Northern Goshawk

At the request of blog management, I’m embarking on a series of posts on the names of birds. Since we’ve...

A Bird Rehabber Goes Birding. And Thwarts Mongooses.

This is the reason I’m birding in Tanzania with no field guide. The last time I visited my friend India,...

Stop in and say hi

3 days agoHobbies / Birding : Owl Box

If you're new to the blog or just stopped in to read more about owls, please say hi:

The Sounds of a Tiger-Heron

One of the most impressive aspects of the Tropical Rainforests is the incredible array of sounds produced by animals. Interior...

Cackling-ish Geese

Cackling Goose is a rare fall migrant through Massachusetts and I usually see a couple of them each fall among the hundreds of Canada Geese around Concord. I look forward to the challenge of sorting through the flocks and picking these birds out, and once a candidate is located the identification has usually been straightforward [...]

Blue-winged Teal at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

The Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) is not that common in California except along the coast, so I was pretty excited to...

Review: Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa

In the light of the (worrying) news that Corey is writing a field guide (yes, I’m up to date now),...

Snowy Owl print to benefit research

I have made prints of this gouache painting that I did in 2011 for the cover of the Journal of Raptor Research to highlight a paper on Snowy Owls (more info about my gouache technique here). A portion of the sale of each print will be donated to help fund research, such as the work [...]

Quiz on Belizean Birds and Greater Coverts

Find the Greater Secondary Coverts These are some of my digiscoped photos from a recent trip to Belize, all taken at the fantastic Black Rock Lodge. On each photo body parts are labeled with letters, and your challenge is to identify the greater secondary coverts on each bird. Show More Summary

Saw-whet Owl print to benefit research

I have made prints of this gouache painting of a Northern Saw-whet Owl from 2006 (more info about my gouache technique here). This painting also appeared in a weekly newspaper column “Sibley on Birds”, and the original was auctioned to benefit the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. A portion of the sale of [...]

Birding and Fly-fishing in Pisgah National Forest

The first time I agreed to join my fiancé Brian on a joint birding/fly-fishing excursion, I wasn’t sure what to...

Print to support shorebird habitat preservation

My newest print to benefit conservation efforts is this 2014 gouache painting of a Semipalmated Sandpiper with American Avocets (more info about my gouache technique here). This is a common scene in the Mississippi River Delta region, where catfish ponds and other managed wetlands create habitat for large numbers of American Avocets, migrating Semipalmated Sandpipers, [...]

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