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Serendipity Plus Avocado = Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Snow has touched down in some places up north, up there on the breeding grounds of Mourning Warblers, Baltimore Orioles,...

Tundra Swans

Last weekend I made my third trip down to southern Minnesota to photograph tundra swans. Each year tundra swans migrate from their breeding grounds up in Alaska and northern Canada down to the Atlantic or Pacific coasts of the southern United States. Show More Summary

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of November 2016?

Wouldn’t you love to visit the Amazon? How about for free? Isn’t funny that America’s most avian-centric holiday focuses on...

Dealing with the Election Results

I made my decisions about who to vote for in the 2016 election before the national conventions took place. I’m a very political but pragmatic person when it comes to federal lands and their protection, climate, wildlife, and clean air and water, so there was simply no question about my vote. Show More Summary

Equatorial Birding

The equator, that imaginary line bisecting the northern and southern hemispheres of our planet, famously runs across Ecuador—the country whose very name is derived from “equator.” Of course, the precise location of the equator is not fixed; the true equatorial plane is perpendicular to the Earth's spin axis, which drifts about 30 feet every year. Show More Summary

Cry “Havoc!” or a Birding Movie before the Birding Movie

Can you remember any birding movie before Schrodinger’s Cat? Probably not. For me, the only “birding” movie that I knew...

Canada’s National Bird: And the Winner Is …

Those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for the past few months in anticipation can finally exhale: Canada...

Common place rarities

Every so often, I have to ask myself, how such an unusual bird, can become so common place, that now,...

Everyone loves owls: African edition

Who doesn’t love a good owl? There are few families of birds where despite a cosmopolitan distribution I’m always so...

Coming Home from Uganda

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Uganda. I finished my packing during the heady days of the World Series and the glorious aftermath of my beloved Chicago Cubs winning it all, and left the morning after my hometown held a parade that drew an estimated five million people, united in a way Americans never are anymore, all wearing Cubby blue. Show More Summary

The Birds of Picayune Strand

Do you ever have those moments when you’re supposed to be paying attention to something serious, but you’re immeasurably distracted...

Win a Birdwatching Adventure in Peru!

The people at the Peru national tourist office are giving you the chance to win a 7-day birdwatching adventure for...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2016)

While Americans gear up for the face-stuffing family time that is Thanksgiving the rest of the world looks on in...

A Brief Tour of Uganda, The Pearl of Africa

By the time this post publishes, I’ll be on an airplane heading back to the United States following a truly...

Great Bowerbird bower-Katherine Gorge National Park

Over the past two weeks I have introduced you to the section of items that Great Bowerbird will collect in...

Snowy-browed Nuthatch

I was ostensibly taking a day off from birding. But I don’t think birders ever truly relax their watchfulness. Lady...

What’s In a Name: Mr. Crissal and the Red-butted Thrush

Before we get started I’d like to congratulate the Whiskey Jack on becoming the National Bird of Canada! The Gray...

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of November 2016?

Those who know me don’t often find me quoting the Bible, but the roller coaster of emotions many Americans have...

Sarah Palin Secretary of Energy or the Interior?

As of this posting Donald Trump LOST the popular vote of the 2016 presidential election by over 1,000,000 votes. So if you...

Little Crane, Very Big Deal: Hope for Sarus Cranes in Thailand

The world’s biggest flying bird—the Sarus Crane, with a maximum of height of 6 feet/1.8 meters—has had a rough go of it. Due...

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