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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2016)

11 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

For those who track avian migration, each new week may bring a fresh arrival or herald a new departure. Of...

Black-necked Stork on the highway!

20 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

On our recent camping and birding trip to the north of Broome we had an odd experience. We were driving...

Waiting for Fall

21 hours agoHobbies / Birding : Natural Notes

The first day of fall in a couple of days, and I’m fully expecting to wake up to a brisk, 60-degree morning!  Yeah well, one can fantasize.  More likely it will be a moment of high 70s, high humidity, and rapid increase to the mid 90s. I’m not complaining, mind you…when I moved out of […]

The First Shall Be Last: West Peruvian Dove

Before every trip I’ve ever made to a new country, or a new state, a new wildlife refuge, a new garbage dump, or just about any other new place, I’ve always speculated about what the very first bird I’d see would be. I knew my first Peruvian bird would not be an Andean Cock-of-the-rock, a Marvelous Spatuletail, or an Andean Condor. Show More Summary

Alimentary, My Dear Hoatzin!

One of the most peculiar of all the birds in the world is also one of the coolest. The pheasant-sized Hoatzin, a bird of the swamps, riparian forests, and mangroves of the Amazon and the Orinoco Delta in South America, is the only species...Show More Summary

A Huge White Pelican Just Flew Over My House!

I was in my back yard cutting my grass this morning with one of those non-powered reel push mowers. At the same time, I was watching the sky knowing that this will be the last weekend that large numbers of broad-winged Hawks might move through the area. Show More Summary

Eurasian Jay; Woodsman

There is a price for everything. For the simple pleasure of watching the Jays drill acorns into my front lawn,...

Feather Brained: My Bumbling Quest to Become a Birder & Find a Rare Bird on My Own

In writing, humor is perhaps the area where it’s hardest to disputandum the gustibus. One person’s cheeky irreverence is another...

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2016?

Keep your eyes to the skies for raptors in migration Fall has, at last, fallen, pretty hard in my part...

Sherry Turner Teas: Brown Thrasher vs. Black Widow

This blog was written by Sherry Turner Teas, a rehabber in Chattanooga, Tennessee: It started out as a normal day...

Oh Sweet Canada! Canucks Vote on Best Bird

While those of us in the United States are coping with a long, painful, crazy Presidential election process, our genial,...

Endless Birds at Rodman Reservoir

My NRLI fellowship class zipped across the Rodman Reservoir in two air boats, avoiding the submerged tree trunks leftover from...

It’s a warbler kind of day.

That’s how I will have to describe last Saturday. I took a tour out to Presa Buena Mujer with the...

Why Hawkwatching is So Awesome

Originally from London, England, Luke Tiller transplanted to Connecticut in 2003. Newly surrounded by wildlife, he found his love of...

Quiet Nature Preserves Have Their Busy Days

We have a small nature preserve in town named The Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary. I like to stop in for a quick look around whenever I'm in the area. During my last visit their was a Red-shouldered Hawk calling out keyeer keyeer keeyer from the top of a pine tree just as I was getting out of my car. Show More Summary

The ‘Alal uses tools, Climate Change Hammers Hawaii

Hawaiian Crows Use Tools. From Nature, “Discovery of species-wide tool use in the Hawaiian crow“: Only a handful of bird...

Peru! Traveling to Fight Climate Change

Every year, two million people from around the world head to Peru specifically to visit Machu Picchu. Some of them want to see South American wildlife and enjoy a wonderful experience at one of the genuine wonders of the world, but their visits don’t require protection of anything outside of this area. Show More Summary

Nature is Tough

On Saturday morning I was out on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay with Carlos and Anthony enjoying a mid-September...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2016)

Another gorgeous weekend is, as they say, in the books. Start your week on the right foot by sharing what...

Displaying Great Bustard

Birds wanting to make more birds often do crazy stuff, and birders are well accustomed to encountering splendid plumage features,...

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