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The Eagle’s Rebirth. Yep. Seriously.

  Okay, folks, today we will be discussing one of those internet pass-arounds which are meant to fill everyone with...

The Endangered Florida Bonneted Bat

You may not have heard about the Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus), and that is fine, not many know this...

2015 Mourning Dove Survey

Mourning Dove at one of my survey stops this year Back in 1987, I started doing an annual volunteer survey for the US Fish and Wildlife Service counting Mourning Doves along a 20-mile route. Each year I started at a precise spot along a country highway in the Adolph area and ended up out in Saginaw. Show More Summary

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again. The latest press release from the USFWS U.S. Fish and...

Danum Valley: Simply the Best

Danum Valley is the finest birding location I have ever been to. … I typed the above sentence and then...

The early bird gets the …

… since this is a family website, I’m not sure I can finish that sentence. (Is “OPP” PG-13?) Suffice it...

Wilson’s Plovers in Folly Beach, Charleston

Charleston is a beautiful place for a wedding, and at the end of May that’s just where I was headed...

Friendly Kingfisher And Shy Northern Bobwhite

I see plenty of Kingfishers throughout the year. They have loud call and they're really conspicuous when perched on a branch. That is why it frustrates me so that I never seem to get a good picture of one. They fly off as soon as I think about touching my camera as though they know what I'm thinking. Show More Summary

South Polar Skuas on a New York Pelagic

Back on the last day of May I boarded a boat in Brooklyn and headed out onto the Atlantic Ocean in search...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2015)

Early June in these parts still holds the promise of late migrants but basically showcases the next couple of months...

Enjoy your redpoll ticks while they last

All the world’s redpolls probably represent a single species, and redpolls probably look different in different places more because of...

Black-winged Stilt and Red-necked Avocets abound

For regular readers of this website you may well think that you have seen that title before! Well, almost! Last...

Mini-Pelagic Birding in Costa Rica at Puntarenas

“Costa Rica borders two oceans. The country has a healthy list of pelagic species. There are no pelagic trips”. That...

Chickadee Update: Fledging!!

On Wednesday this week, my neighbor Jeanne Tonkin told me that she had found the chickadee nest of the male chickadee we’ve been tracking. I went straight over and got hundreds of photos. We got some good looks at one or two nestlings...Show More Summary

On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman’s Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest by Sarah Woods

One of the recurring discussions in the world of nature writing is the problem of tone. Given the sheer magnitude...

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of June 2015?

Wouldn’t you love to enjoy birding and sunset at Lake Apopka? This is the time of year when many of...

Chickadee Update: The Nest!

MY chickadee—the one with the deformed bill and foot—at his nest! At the end of my conservation big year in 2013, I started noticing a chickadee in my yard whose bill had become overgrown—the kind of deformity that has been woefully common in Alaska, so the USGS’s Alaska Science Center has been keeping track of all chickadees with deformed bills. Show More Summary

Africa – Birding down Memory Lane

Gaborone, Botswana; June 1999 Marvellous orange-pink sunrise high over the Indian Ocean… Then, landing on a small airport at Gaborone,...

Field + Fence = Lazy Summer Birdwatching

I've heard quite a few birders say that they take a break from actively birding in the summer. They get a hangover from all that Spring migrant action and don't want to deal with summer birding conditions which includes too much heat, too many bugs, and too much foliage blocking the view. Show More Summary

Violet-green Swallow

2 weeks agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

Each time we go to Yellowstone we look for violet-green swallows around the Old Faithful area. As with many types of swallows they like to nest under the eaves of building and there are plenty of spots around Old faithful for them to nest. Show More Summary

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