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Birdie Beauty Contest

I took a lot of bird photos over the last week and didn't know what to do with them so I thought I'd have a bird beauty contest. My favorite for this week was this Cedar Waxwing so I'm giving it first place. I thought these baby Canada Geese were kind of cute. Show More Summary

Birding By Ear Saves Time And Your Neck

For the first few years that I went birding during spring migration I would get a condition known as warbler neck. This is when muscles in the upper shoulders and neck stiffen up from looking up in the trees with binoculars trying to find warblers and other returning migrant birds. Show More Summary

Northern Flickers Have Found My Nest Box

As some of you may know, I have been monitoring about 35 nest boxes on three Bluebird Trails going on seven...

Snowy Egret

One nice thing about traveling to warm places during the winter is getting to see birds that you never get to see back home. In Minnesota the only egret that we usually see is the great egret.I still remember how excited that I got when I saw my first great egret as a kid. Show More Summary

This Week in Pop Culture: Bird Edition

It seemed like every time I glanced at a screen or opened a newspaper (okay, let’s be realistic, the newspapers...

Correcting Past Errors

I've mentioned this species in at least 278 For the Birds programs In the three decades I’ve been producing "For the Birds," I’ve done my level best to be as accurate as possible. I’ve produced over 3,000 programs, mentioning at least 722 species. Show More Summary

The truely Magnificent Frigatebird

One of the most common questions I get from first time, non-birding visitors to the Baja, is “What is the...

South Island Robins

It’s that time of year where I complain about the Austral winter, which arrived suddenly yesterday and has been inflicting...

Climate Change And Birds: Europe vs. North America

I want to alert you to a recent study (from April) that looks at the plight of bird populations under...

Spring Migration Update

More and more birds are arriving in the north woods now. On Thursday the 12th I had my first hummingbird of the season along with a Least Flycatcher and Black-and-white Warblers in my own yard, and I’ve had a few warblers here and there. Show More Summary

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2016)

What a weekend, right? All my favorite birders were out at festivals, doing Big Days, or just racking up scores...

White-breasted Woodswallows

A few weeks ago I mentioned the Dollarbirds around Broome that love to use our power lines for roosting and...

Happy Global Big Day from Costa Rica!

Last year, the Cornell Lab Of Ornithology had this really cool idea to get as many people counting as many...

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of May 2016?

Have big plans this weekend? You do now… nothing could be bigger than a Global Big Day! Last year, 14,000...

The Return of the Nesting Skimmers and Terns

They have returned! Last week I drove over the Navarre Beach Causeway, peering carefully to either side as I slowed...

Birding: Time and Effort

How much time do you devote to birding? Are you happy with an occasional morning here and there or do...

Can GM Skeeters Save Hawaii’s Birds?

You’ve probably heard the children’s song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, followed by swallowing a spider to catch...

Urban birding in La Paz, Mexico

There is little doubt in my mind, that the topic of urban birding has been well covered on this and...

Thirty Years Ago

Laura at KUMD around 1987. Thirty years ago, on May 12, 1986, at 7:35 am, my very first "For the Birds" program aired on KUMD. If anyone had told me just weeks before that I’d ever talk on the radio about anything, I’d have laughingly responded, “Inconceivable!” And it really was inconceivable. Show More Summary

Warbler Day

Today is the day I celebrate every year as Warbler Day. Up here in Duluth, warbler migration is just kicking in, but in other places I’ve lived—Chicago; Lansing, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and Ithaca, New York—warbler migration usually is peaking right about now. Show More Summary

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