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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of May 2017?

Birders of the world, this is your time. Migrants are still on the move, which places us at one of...

What to look for in a new home

What does the average person go looking for, in a new place to live? Close to schools, grocery store, a...

New York City Park Department Contractor Tears Up Imperiled Sparrows Home

Joshua Malbin has been birding in Brooklyn, NY for more than 10 of his 15-plus years doing it so far....

The Beauty of Checklists

Over the weekend, a fellow naturalist friend of mine came to visit the Florida Panhandle from the Big Bend’s Cedar...

Unexpected delight!

On Monday, I was working on the computer, not very productively because I kept getting distracted by the bird activity in my yard, when out of the blue I got an email from Leann Hess in Port Wing, Wisconsin. Leann was the woman who did...Show More Summary

It’s Time to Move Mothers Day

Birders, it is time we banded together. For too long the scourge of spring migration, the blight of Big Days,...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2017)

Global Big Day 2017 is in the books, with 15,954 participants submitting 40,698 checklists to eBird accounting for 6,068 species…...

Unusually pale Song Sparrow

Spring is proceeding nice and deliberately this year. The first orioles and hummingbirds have shown up in my neighborhood, but not in big numbers yet. A good assortment of warblers have been arriving, but the vast majority are still Yellow-rumps. Show More Summary

Bilyuin Pool revisited

After visiting Bilyuin Pool last year in May we decided we should visit again this year after a much wetter...

101 Ways to Help Birds

Of the baker’s dozen books I’ve written in the past quarter century, I think the most important is my 101 Ways to Help Birds, which was published by Stackpole in 2006. It took over two years to write it—I started it right after the Midwest...Show More Summary

A Global Big Day Strategy for Costa Rica

If you are a birder and can’t help but put most or all of your results into eBird, then you...

European Goldfinch in Socrates Sculpture Park

When I was a kid, and couldn’t travel, I thought patch birding sounded dreadfully boring. Now that I can travel,...

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of May 2017?

The second weekend of May is a very special time, where we all come together with loved ones to celebrate...

Cooperative Scoters on What I Call "National Warbler Day"

Park Point was hopping this morning, especially with birders! At most, our group had about 35 people, but there were still an order of magnitude more Blue Jays flying through. I didn't get any flock flight shots today, but Linda Nervick got one with her cell phone showing them twinkling in the blue sky. Show More Summary

Birding in the rain

Are you stubborn enough to go out on Sunday morning even if it’s raining? Some of us are. In May,...

Limited Access Birding

Let start this off by saying that I am not looking for sympathy, well, Ok, maybe a little bit. You...

The Narrow-lined Puffer

This is a bird blog, and my beat is New Zealand, so let me talk about a fish I saw...

5 Ways I've Been Taking Shortcuts While Birding

There are so many new birds arriving this time of year that I find myself taking shortcuts while birding. Here are 5 examples: 1) Ears only: When I'm walking through the woods I rely mostly on my ears to hear signs of bird activity. If I don't hear anything then I keep moving unless... Show More Summary

Doubling the number of warbler species!

This morning it was still cold enough that I kept my gloves on for our whole spring warbler walk. The trees are still pretty bare and most of our shorebird and songbird migrants are still south of here, but ducks and grebes have pretty...Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast 222: Cuba Birding and Migration

Weird things happening on bird cams. There appears to be a Canada goose uprising and they're taking over osprey nest platforms. Not all ospreys are taking it lying down. The field guide we've all been waiting for: The Field Guide To Dumb Birds of North America.

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