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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2017)

Winter doesn’t officially begin for a few weeks yet, but the birds this far north don’t seem to care about...

Grey-headed Lapwing in Australia

Having returned from the UK recently we were ready to go camping in the bush again and make the most...

Book Review: Birds in a Cage

Five years ago, a truly exceptional nonfiction book was published in the UK about four British prisoners of war during World War II, and how their passion for birds helped them survive the horrifying conditions of the POW camps; after the war, they became important forces behind British bird conservation. Show More Summary

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

One of the first books I ever read about World War II was Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Billy Pilgrim, an optometrist opposed to war who is drafted and becomes a chaplain’s assistant, is captured after the Battle of the...Show More Summary

Boardwalk Built By Reform School Kids In 1978

This sign at the entrance of the Helen Carlson sanctuary caught my attention today. Long Lane started in the 1800's as a school set on farmland for troubled girls. In the 1970's it became a high security reform school for boys. The boardwalk...Show More Summary

Passport to Adventure!!

In 1974, when I received my first field guide for Christmas, it was like opening the Sears Christmas Catalog—what we children called the “wish book.” A whole big section showed what seemed like every toy in the world. My first field guide was like that—showing so many thrilling possibilities, out there waiting for me. Show More Summary

Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Thanksgiving

One of the best things about being an independent producer of a radio program and podcast is hearing from listeners. I do all my work on a tiny scale, without underwriting or anyone to do PR, so I don’t have to deal with too many Russian...Show More Summary

Mokka, the Alakef Snowy Owl

From Duluth News-Tribune Snowy Owls are not known for their affinity to coffee, but on Wednesday, one particular Snowy Owl in Duluth had a too-close for comfort encounter with Alakef Coffee Roasters.We’re in the midst of what scientists call an invasion or irruption year for Snowy Owls. Show More Summary

Wyndridge Farm Cidery: Crafty Cranberry Hard Apple Cider

Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) have the unfortunate distinction of being the undisputed poster-birds for avian intemperance. It seems that at...

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of December 2017?

At last, we flip to the final page of our antiquated paper calendars and are forced to confront the painful...

Preliminary CBC Birding in Northern California

We conduct four Christmas Bird Counts in our part of Northern California, the first of which is the Fall River...

Changing Binoculars

This summer I had the heartbreak many of us experience with our binoculars...moisture inside the lenses. Who knows when I did it--park service canoe program or on a plane coming home from Hungary. Considering they had been used almost daily since 2005 and I'm rough on equipment that was a hell of a good run. Show More Summary

Cardinal feeding goldfish redux

Last week on Facebook, a lot of my friends were sharing a short video, on a National Geographic webpage, of a cardinal in Illinois feeding goldfish in a backyard pond. The video had been posted on YouTube in 2010, taken during summer,...Show More Summary

Western Tanager in Queens – Finally!

Long ago I predicted that I would eventually see a Western Tanager in Queens. Last December one was even found...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of November 2017)

At long last, we can put all that stuffing and gratitude behind us. The only thing we Americans, a curious...

Birding On The Rocks

There's a parking space in Old Saybrook at Cornfield park where you are allowed to park for 30 minutes and take in the view. Scoter and loons are among the birds commonly seen on the water here during the winter. I followed the shoreline and found a few shorebirds like this Black-bellied plover. Show More Summary

Long-billed Dowitcher at Saltfleetby

On our recent visit to the UK we did a lot of walking and birding and Mum is very familiar...

Three Days of Birding in Costa Rica = Owls, Hummingbirds, Tanagers, and More

I just finished three days of guiding in Costa Rica, each of which was a day trip from the Central...

In The Scraggly Brush Of An Old Tobacco field

I visited an old tobacco field in town. It's hard to believe I worked here as a teen almost 40 years ago.It looks like the old shed needs a touch of paint and maybe a wee bit of duct tape. This scraggly looking brush pile caught my attention as well as the attention of a few birds. Show More Summary

Hermit Thrush Brewery: Party Guy

With today being Black Friday, I thought it would be fitting to offer a foil to the day’s frenzied consumption...

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