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Are Redpolls Just One Species?

15 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

It sure looks like it! Gustave Axelson has a nice breakdown of a recent genetic analysis of redpolls on Cornell’s...

Why are they called goatsuckers?

The painting shown here is currently for sale at auction Eastern Whip-poor-will head. Original gouache painting © David Sibley, published in the Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior 2001 Birds in the family Caprimulgidae, which includes Eastern Whip-poor-will (shown here), have been referred to as “goatsuckers” based on a superstition that goes back [...]

Late March Birding in Queens

Late March in my home borough of New York City is typically when Eastern Phoebe, Pine Warbler, American Woodcock, Osprey,...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2015)

Nearly everywhere in the world, birds are on the wing, not just traveling to and from their daily haunts but...

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!

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

3 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

4 days agoHobbies / Birding : Owl Box

If you're new to the blog or just stopped in to read more about owls, please say hi:http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2007/11/are-you-out-there.html

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 [...]

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