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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2017)

The third weekend of February seems fairly uneventful, but birders and nature lovers know how to make these days count…...

Greater Sand Plover with abnormal colouration

Over the years that we have birded we have observed some variation in the plumage of birds including a Crimson...

Announcing Song Sleuth

I’m very excited to be able to announce the long-awaited launch of a new app – Song Sleuth – created by Wildlife Acoustics, Inc. It’s a bird song identification assistant, just a couple of taps and your iPhone will suggest what species of bird is singing. It covers nearly 200 of the most frequently heard […] The post Announcing Song Sleuth appeared first on Sibley Guides.

Song Sleuth tips – How to crop a recording

The Song Sleuth app is very accurate, but it is also easily confused by extraneous sounds, and that can lead it to suggest identifications that seem (to our ears) to have no connection to the recording. In many cases the explanationShow More Summary

Duck Reflection Of A Ruddy Complexion

I had the pleasure of seeing Ruddy Ducks sunning themselves this morning. It is usually difficult for me to get a good view of the subtle plumage detail on the wintering Ruddy Ducks.- (breeding males have bold color) From a distance I usually identify these diving ducks out by seeing their scoop-shaped bills and upright tales.

Duck Quest in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its quetzales, many hummingbirds, beautiful tanagers, and a host of other tropical birdies not found...

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2017?

Many people I know are taking vacations this week, partially because schools in my area observe Winter Recess and partially...

No two scaups are equal

January is sort of a birding sprint – you start fresh and, all of a sudden, head for them all....

The Latest Bird and Birding News

There’s lots of disheartening stuff going on in the bird world this week, so let’s start with some love in...

Florida Scrub-jay

4 days agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

The Florida Scrub-jay is a rather unique bird. This member of the Corvidae family is found only in central Florida. It is the only bird that is endemic to Florida and one of only 15 bird species that are endemic to the U.S. At one time...Show More Summary

Back in sunny Mexico

Now that we have returned to our adopted home of La Paz, Mexico, our bones are starting to thaw out...

Botswana’s Private Reserves

While much of the attention that Africa’s tourism industry gets is for its (deservedly) popular national parks and game reserves,...

Mallard Complexity

Everyone knows what a male Mallard looks like. The drake of this extremely common, sexually dimorphic species (Anas platyrhynchos) cuts a...

Cats on the Prowl

I live with two cats, which some people find unexpected because I love birds so much. To add to the irony, both of my cats were inveterate bird-killers before they moved in with me. I got Miss Kitty in 1998, making her about 20 years...Show More Summary

Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Minnesota

On January 4, 2017, Two Harbors’s wonderful birding guru, Jim Lind, reported on eBird that there was a Eurasian Tree Sparrow hanging out with a flock of House Sparrows right in town. It may have been there earlier than that, because I later read an MOU listserv post by Kim Eckert saying it had first appeared in December. Show More Summary

Subscribe to the New 10,000 Birds Newsletter

In case you hadn’t noticed, blogging, both publishing and perusing, has transformed dramatically over the years. Since I first started...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2017)

The second weekend of February offers much to bird lovers and love birds alike. Hope you made the best of...

Bird jigsaws

When we get days on end of trying to bird under a stormy sky we sometimes have to admit defeat...

Don't Prejudge A Cloudy Winter Day

When I looked out the window early this morning I was discouraged by the sight of piled up snow and grey skies. I decided to take a pass on birding for the day and headed to the local diner for breakfast but tossed my birding gear into my trunk just in case I had a change of heart. Show More Summary

Water Rail at midday

Each time I see a rail, it confounds the conventional wisdom that these are secretive, crepuscular birds. During a recent...

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