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Week Seven: Stewart Island & Penguins

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After an amazing trip thru Doubtful Sound, New Zealand, the next stop was to be in Bluff, just south of Invercargill....

Laura’s Best Bird EVER! Chapter 5 : Katie and the Boo Jays

When we moved into our house in 1981, one of the first things I did was to make friends with the neighborhood squirrels. We kept a supply of peanuts on hand, and within a few weeks, a few squirrels were already taking peanuts out of my hand. Show More Summary

Question from Meg about the timing of geese molting

Can I ask you a question, Mommy? When the internet started making it easier to track down information without running to the library, I started spending more and more time on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s information-rich website....Show More Summary

Birds in the News: Puffins, Penguins, and More

Bird stories have been popping up in the news quite a bit in recent weeks. Jamie Dunning, who studies phylogeny and evolutionary history at the University of Nottingham, was fooling around with bird specimens in his lab one day, putting them under a black light. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #232

    Oxpeckers sleeping around giraffe "armpits" and testicles. Thanks to searching for poop on NASA images, we found some penguins. Video of red kites at Gigrin Farm. Here's the naturalist dream date. eBird is keeping some locations of birds vague. Costco Hawk is living it up indoors and yes it escaped. The obscure 80s movie called Looker.    

Early At The Shore With Oystercatchers

I made a stop down at the shoreline early in the morning. I was trying to catch low tide hoping to find shorebirds. The only shorebirds I came across were American Oystercatchers. They had no problem finding plenty to eat. The oystercatchers were boisterous making lots of noise communicating with each other. I also saw my first 3 Great Egrets of the year.

Scenery Trumps Weather At Chatfield Hollow

We were back to winter weather this weekend as it was in the 20's with a moderate breeze this morning. We had a snowstorm this week so I was looking for a place I could walk around without having to wear snow shoes which brought me to Chatfield Hollow in Killingworth. Show More Summary

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2018)

Those of you unfazed by March Madness or still sober after the ritual Wearing of the Green might have noticed...

Pseudonymns for Costa Rican Birds

Some birds are too cool for just one name. Others have names that give us pause because they don’t seem...

Glendalough Distillery: Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day, a holiday that offers plenty of excuses for drinking, but few prospects for straying from...

Computer-modelled Range Maps

During the final stages of the Pan-European bird-atlassing work last year, computer models of Serbian ranges for some 150 bird...

A Trip to the Sax-Zim Bog

On Friday, March 9, I went birding in the Sax-Zim Bog with Erik Bruhnke and my dog Pip. My main goal was to get at least one decent photo of a Black-backed Woodpecker and a recording of an Evening Grosbeak. Erik needed a break from his...Show More Summary

Laura's Best Bird EVER! Chapter 3. Ludwig the Blue Jay

(Some of this is reworked from earlier blog posts for my Best Bird EVER series.) In 1979, when I was birding in a park in Madison, Wisconsin, with my dear friend Ken Wood, we came upon a hilarious sight: a Blue Jay fledgling who was quite literally playing on the playground slide. Show More Summary

Binocular Review: Opticron’s Traveller BGA ED 8X32

I often like to have a pair of binoculars with me when I’m going to or from work, in case...

Sooty Oystercatcher family at Kalbarri

The Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fulginosus fulginosus is present in an area along the coast of Western Australia roughly south of...

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2018?

The last weekend of winter (or summer, depending on your polar orientation) rarely resembles either the season ending or the...

Week Six: Doubtful Sound, South Island, New Zealand

We have finally broken away from Christchurch, New Zealand. That was a much harder thing to do than I would...

Bird Litigation: Spotted Owl v. Barred Owl

The Northern Spotted Owl is a “threatened” species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and it was famously the subject...

Beach Battling Snowy Owls

I was out on the beach yesterday (Sunday, 11 March) morning, hoping to see some interesting ducks or alcids or,...

Letter from Listener: Becca’s Great Gray Owl

Photo copyright 2018 by Becca Mulenburg Spring officially begins today, at least as far as astronomers are concerned—they must not stand outside very often—but some winter owls will be sticking around for at least a bit longer. Great Gray Owls do nest in northern Minnesota, but not right in Duluth. Show More Summary

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