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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2014?

16 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

September is a ‘tweener month, straddling two seasons and belonging entirely to neither. Helen Hunt Jackson describes this delectable transition in a...

Hawk Ridge Update

Check out the events for this year's Hawk Ridge Weekend. I'll be speaking about all the fun I had on my Conservation Big Year on Friday night, and leading a boat tour of the St. Louis River on Saturday morning. Roosting Broad-winged Hawk On September 15 and 16, 2014, I was behind on several projects and was stuck at home. Show More Summary

Pelican Lake (Greece): Magic Revisited

23 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Early September morning. The sun rises over the village of Chrysochorafa, by Kerkini Lake in the north of Greece, not...

On the (Chat) Trail After a Chat!

Yellow-breasted chat. Photo courtesy of Jim Conrad, WikimediaCommons. This afternoon I was heading back to the house with the very serious intention of shoveling some work off my desk so I can leave for the Rockport Hummingbird Festival tomorrow morning with a clear conscience. Show More Summary

Book Review: The Passenger Pigeon

I recently received "The Passenger Pigeon" by Errol Fuller from Princeton University Press. September 1, 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha the passenger pigeon, the last of her species, so it is a timely reminder of just how tenuous life can be for a species, regardless of how numerous they might be. Show More Summary

Birders Should Attend the People’s Climate March

Last week here at 10,000 Birds we did a theme week called “Extinction Week.” We covered a wide variety of...

Out and About with the Cumberland Bird Observers Club

Laid out as I was with some nasty virus for most of my trip to Sydney, a lot of the...

How many birds are killed by windmills and other green energy projects?

Nobody knows and I’m not going to pretend to tell you. However, in this post, I’d like to lay out...

Book review: The Warbler Guide

Last summer, the Princeton University Press released a book by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, The Warbler Guide. When I first read about it, I admit I rolled my eyes thinking, “Not another one!” My library already included four field guides specifically about warblers. Show More Summary

Saturday at Lake Arrowhead

On Saturday I attended the Bird Walk at Lake Arrowhead State Park. We had some out of town guests (David, Jonathon, Eilene) from New Mexico and Arizona as well as Terry, June and Paula.It was unseasonably cool for mid September, which I was very happy about. Show More Summary

The long and winding road

Birds fascinate us for many reasons. Flight, beauty, the glimpse into the world of dinosaurs,  to mention but a few...

The Parrots of Howard Beach

North of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens is a middle class neighborhood, predominantly Italian-American, known as Howard Beach. Named...

Eat or be Eaten

3 days agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

While dragonflies are fierce predators of the insect world they are often also prey. Many are eaten by larger predators such as birds, but other predators are not any larger than the dragonfly. This furrow orbweaver spider has captured a whiteface dragonfly that will feed it well for quite a while. Show More Summary

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2014)

September migration is a fine time to appreciate birds on the wing, so fine that many of you may have missed...

Harris's Sparrow

(Transcript of a For the Birds program that originally aired on September 28, 2010) Harris's Sparrow Most of my favorite sparrows belong to the genus Zonotrichia. This genus has five species, all fairly large birds with conspicuous markings. Show More Summary

Black Bittern

In the few weeks we have been in Palmerston I have been enjoying some great birds and the cycling paths...

Extinction Week Recap

Extinction endures long past regret or even memory. We nature lovers, celebrants of life in all its exquisite multiformity, feel...

Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

When Costa Rica becomes a topic of conversation, we don’t usually hear the word “extinction” being thrown around. You might...

Carolina Parakeet: Mystery of the Incas

The 19-teens were not a good time for North American birdlife. Not more than four years following the final breath...

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