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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2014?

The concept of spring as a time of rebirth resonates with all of us. Who can deny the joyous thrill...

Birding the outskirts of Athens, Greece

I love birds. I like to travel. And – I hate flying! Does that make sense? If you do not...

The Birds of Mt Kinabalu

Mt Kinabalu is the one of destinations that birders visiting Borneo shouldn’t miss. It may not be the easiest place...

Northern Hawk Owl

2 days agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

The northern hawk owl is an unusual owl that is found through out the boreal forests of the northern hemisphere. They are the only members of the genus Surnia in the world. There are three subspecies. Two subspecies are found in theShow More Summary

The Secret City Of Great Blue Herons

Portland is an ordinary small town in Connecticut best known for its Brownstone Quarries but tucked away within its meadows is a large heron rookery. You may not see the herons on the nest from this photo but they are there. I counted...Show More Summary

Seeking Out Unwelcome Guests

There’s something very matter-of-fact about seeking out non-native target species. There’s very little thrill of the hunt, very little excitement....

Birds Taking Over TV Screens

After watching the three-eyed ravens on Game of Thrones, it seems some other members of the bird kingdom want a...

Bird Butts and Other Matters

I’ve been down with an odd illness for a few weeks, and then I flew to Mexico and back (boy,...

Nice Morning at Lake Arrowhead State Park

I am just now getting around to writing a summary of our morning at Lake Arrowhead State Park. Saturday, April 12, was the monthly bird walk at the park. A beautiful morning, although a little cool and nippy. One of my regular walk attendees, June, came as well as Karen, one of the new class of the Rolling Plains chapter Texas Master Naturalist. Show More Summary

Sometimes Boredom Restores Balance

I visited Mowhawk Trail State Forest last week and stayed in one of their thirty dollar a night bargain cabins. They are bare bones but do come with electricity and a very efficient woodstove. Mowhawk Trail area is very quiet this time of the year. Show More Summary

Birding the Rockaways – A Queens County Bird Club Field Trip to Southeastern Queens

Sometime last fall, unbeknownst to me, I was volunteered to lead a field trip for the Queens County Bird Club....

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2014)

The beginning of the calendar year feels somewhat arbitrary, especially since different cultures celebrate the new year at different times....

Book Review: The Thing with Feathers

The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human, by Noah Strycker is a must-have for bird enthusiasts. Enough science for those so inclined, enough history for those who enjoy that, and lots...Show More Summary

A Memory of Snow and the Titmouse Who Made It Endurable

5 days agoHobbies / Birding : Looking Up

All together......" Awwwwwww"...... :) Ya gotta love these little guys.____________________________________________________________________

A backpacking tripod

Over the past 6 months I have done a lot of walking on beaches and a lot of carrying of...

Know Your Audience: A Ring-necked Duck in Germany

I recently participated in an “English Report Writing” training, sponsored of course by my employer, and this post will function...

Long-tailed Tit

The Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos Caudatus, is one of the most endearing of British birds. It is a tiny ball of...

Birdchick Podcast #168: Bird Pictures

Here’s a link to an Audubon article that ticked me off because at first glance I thought it made digiscoping look like a joke. But it brings up a bigger questions of what is a photo and what is art. Examples of photos that have been manipulated green heron contest winner or blue heron and [...]

Freezeout After Hours

As I mentioned before, Freezeout means Snow Geese, and lots of them. But like any aspect of migration, the lots-of-Snow-Geese...

Racing Pigeons, Swimming Crows

My friend Ruth, who is from Northern England, has a phrase she uses when her dog bursts into fits of...

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