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Sunny Skies Minus Wind = Perfect Winter Day

The only day I've been out birding this year was on New Year's day. Winter isn't my favorite season but on days when the sun is shining and the wind is silent it makes for a perfect winter day. I could feel heat rising up from the sun-baked soil as I was walking along the river trail. Show More Summary

Facing 2017

Next month I’m celebrating the 2-year anniversary of my heart attack or, in medical parlance, my acute myocardial infarction. Having survived it at all, and especially having recognized my bizarrely mild symptoms in time so the damage was limited, makes me exceptionally lucky. Show More Summary

Tips for Birding Costa Rica in 2017

Are you on your way to Costa Rica? Planning a trip for later this year? Good choice, the birding is...

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2017?

Have you ever experienced that delicious moment when your car odometer rolled back to zeros? In the age of digital...

Birdchick Podcast #215 2017 Goals and Podcasts

Are you in the mood to travel? Want to go to Cuba? Come with me! There are some new podcasts in town that you should check out! One is from the American Birding Association and the other is from Bird Watcher's Digest. Here's a sum up of the people who did a 2016 North America Big Year. Show More Summary

Snowbound Birding

The entire world, it seemed, was buried under two feet of snow. I was checking weather forecasts for days looking...

Zig Zag Darner

2 weeks agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

The zig zag darner is a dragonfly typically found primarily in eastern Canada. Their range does stretch down into a few northern states including some parts of Minnesota that are north of lake Superior, which is where I found this specimen. Show More Summary

Polly Want a Latte? The (Inevitable) Rise of Bird Cafes

You’ve heard of Internet cafes. You may even have heard of cat cafes. (While I have yet to make it...

Last Bird/First Bird of the Year

My last bird of 2016 was the same as my first bird of 2017. I guess that's got a bit of kismet to it. The species was northern cardinal. A male visited the bird feeders on December 31, right at dusk—as cardinals are wont to do. WhenShow More Summary

2017 starts off with Black-throated Sparrows

And so begins another New Year, another chance to start afresh. If you are the type to put together a...

10 Countries, 10 Top Birds in 2016

Well, that year was something else. Like a lot of people I know, the body blows of the news the...

Birds and Blooms on Garcon Point Trail

There are times when I’m driving along, and I catch sight of the signature brown and white sign indicating a...

My Top Ten Birds of 2016 (or, Let’s Remember the Good Things about 2016)

It was a good birding year. Many sad and unfortunate things occurred in 2016, but the birding was good. I...


Pyrrhuloxia, Lake Arrowhead SP, 12/23/2016Photo courtesy of Debra Halter There are few things more exciting to a birder than adding a life bird to their list. I had a chance to do that this past week.Debra Halter and June McKee were birding at Lake Arrowhead SP and saw this pyrruhloxia. Show More Summary

Christmas Bird Count

I am catching up on happenings. It is hard enough to find time to bird over the holidays, let alone follow-up writing about it. But I did want to catch up.The Wichita Falls Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was December 17, sponsored by the North Texas Bird and Wildlife Club. Show More Summary

A melanistic Downy Woodpecker

In early December 2016, David Pierce of Wildwood, Missouri, noticed an odd woodpecker at his feeder and took some really nice photos. I always marvel at the path these kinds of stories follow: Dave had to be looking carefully enoughShow More Summary

My Birding Goals for 2017

Thank all that is good and holy in the world that the abomination that was 2016 is finally in the...

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of January 2017)

The year 2016 is done and gone and 2017 beckons us onward, bright and new and shiny, hopefully full of...

White-breasted Dipper

Firstly, I have to say “Happy New Year”! May you all have a great birding year and may you all...

First Bird of the Year, 2017

It’s 2017! What was your first bird of the year? Share it, and the story, in the comment section. Hopefully,...

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