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In the Weeds

In honor of fall, and of the Chipping Sparrow that just smacked itself (thankfully not too hard) against my balcony...

Peabody Street Pickwick Club

(Transcript of today's For the Birds) Now that our huge warbler migration fall-out is over, life on Peabody Street is much less fraught. During the peak, I was getting several hundred White-throated Sparrows in my yard—now I have fewer than a dozen from day to day. Show More Summary

My Favorite Release

So I asked seven wildlife rehabilitators, “Tell me your favorite (or one of your favorites) release story – the kind...

An odd foraging behavior for a Vulture

New World vultures of the genus Cathartes (Greater Yellow-headed, Lesser Yellow-headed and Turkey Vultures) look much alike. Greater and Lesser...

Birdchick Podcats #179: Drones, Ortolans, Owls stuck in cars!

Popular comic xkcd ponders the question of "Where do birds go when it rains?" Eating a small bird called the ortolan bunting: French tradition or some weird fetish? You need to vote (once a day) for your favorite birding spot in the US. Show More Summary

Swainson’s Hawks in Plumas County

This past weekend I took a trip to the small town of Portola in Plumas county for a Northern California...

Chasing cuckoos

While I sometimes complain about the lack of variety of birds in New Zealand, there are at least some birds...

How smart are parrots?

Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch...

I Want This Bird to be Something…

Two weeks after finding a Say’s Phoebe at Edgemere Landfill in the company of my family I convinced them to return...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2014)

Halfway through the month, we in the temperate zones are clearly moving from one season to another. Here in New...

Some Cool and Crazy Waterbirds from Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of those places that people visit to “see the rainforest”. Although there’s no such thing as “the...

Little Katherine, the Big City Squirrel

Little Katherine, photo by Michael Geraci My daughter Katherine, who I still call Katie, lives in Brooklyn with her partner Michael and their sweet dog Muxy. When Katie was walking Muxy one Sunday night a few weeks ago, she came upon a tiny squirrel in big trouble. Show More Summary

Another Reason Conservatives are Bad for Birds

You know that a government is running amok when it threatens to send tax auditors after a registered charity, in...

Bird Stamps: A Little Golden Activity Book

When I was four years old, my Grandpa gave me my very first book: Bird Stamps: A Little Golden Activity Book, originally published in 1949. Being rather precocious, I’d already memorized the entire entry about birds in our family encyclopedia, but that encyclopedia was in black and white. Show More Summary

Keep the Minneapolis Star Tribune in Perspective

The Minneapolis Star Tribune just published an editorial about the proposed Vikings Stadium titled “Keep Bird Deaths in Perspective.”They write, “Altogether, fewer than 3 percent of the U.S. bird population dies each year from collisions with buildings,” as if 3 percent is insignificant. Show More Summary

I Just Saw Birders: The Central Park Effect

I just took out a copy of Birders: The Central Park Effect (HBO) from the local library and watched it for the first time.This is the third movie I've seen about birding but the first one which features real birders. It's a documentary that interviews birders while they are birding in central park throughout the movie. Show More Summary

Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis on the Vikings Stadium Glass

Jerry Bahls, the president of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, is trying to get the word out about four myths about the Vikings Stadium glass issue. He writes:1) “The fritted glass will be less than perfectly transparent and provide...Show More Summary

Olive Sparrow

9 hours agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

The olive sparrow is found primarily in Mexico and Central America. The northern portion of their range does stretch into southern Texas which is the only place in the United States where they can regularly be found. They are a somewhat secretive bird which are usually found in dense under growth. Show More Summary

Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve

10 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve is between two cities! Palmerston lies to the south east and Darwin to the north west...

The Disappearing Scarecrow

10 hours agoHobbies / Birding : Looking Up

There once was a Happy Scarecrow AND a very determined red squirrel. Seems he had winter on his mind. "Cozy" was a concern. First he went after the cravat. The scarecrow just looked on... He was determined... but the cravat held.. So he dropped to the belt buckle.. Show More Summary

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