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BirdFair: a few thoughts

I think this photo of the Andalucia Birding booth in Spain sums up what a lot of BirdFair 2014 was for me. Friends sharing ideas, business plans, great foods and maybe a drink or two. The gent in the middle with the beard is my friend...Show More Summary

Ferruginous Hawk

The ferruginous hawk is a large hawk that lives in the central plains of the United States. They are the largest species of buteo, soaring hawks, living in North America. They are fairly easy to identify because of their size, large mouth, and their rusty red color. Show More Summary

Best Bird of the Year – 2013

I’m at a yearly disadvantage when it comes to deciding my Best Bird of the Year (BBOY) here on 10,000...

Honey, I Shrunk The Dinosaurs!

There is a fantastic paper just out in Science: “Sustained miniaturization and anatomoical innovation in the dinosaurian anceestors of birds”...

New location for the Screech owl box

last weekHobbies / Birding : Owl Box

We recently moved to a new 17 acre property that has a couple of pastures with mature trees around the edges. I haven't had much free time to scout for birds, but I did manage to take a walk early one evening and was able to call a pair of Screech owl using a recording. Show More Summary

Amazing New York State Pelagic Trip

It was a week ago, at about 8 PM, that fifty-something birders boarded the Starstream VIII in Freeport and headed...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2014)

Summer, by which I mean accepted as opposed to seasonal, surges towards its inevitable end and I find myself wondering when...

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

On two of our trips to Sydney we have made a visit to the Australian Botanic Gardens at Mount Annan....

What’s That Chat? Part 1

What Chat is That? Part 1 To the south of Johannesburg is an isolated mountain which rises from the surrounding...

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of August 2014?

Keep your eyes to the skies for scrappy little birds harassing bigger birds… more common that you’d think! Sometimes the...

Glue Trapped

Glue traps: For compassion’s sake, please do not set, place, or hang them. Here’s why. Sentient people recoil at the...

Nature Blog Network: A Eulogy

Can you remember the world before blogs? I’m tempted to say I’ve been blogging for all of my adult life,...

This Week in Bird(ing) News: The Good, the Bad, and the Huh?

First, let’s start with the good: Scientific testing of drones near birding hotspot Cape May, NJ has been postponed to...

My Father-in-Law

"Dad's Rock"--Quarry Point, Port Wing, Wisconsin August 14, 2014, would have been my father-in-law’s 98 th birthday. He was a quiet man, but had a wonderfully wry sense of humor. Back when Russ and I were dating in high school, sometimes I’d be invited for dinner. Show More Summary

Tricolored Blackbird in Trouble in California

More than 99% of the population of Tricolored Blackbirds (Agelaius tricolor) live within the state of California and form the...

From the vague and nebulous to cataloguing the particular

Big Pete Road in Port Wing I was born in Chicago and my family moved, before I was in elementary school, to a town called Northlake in the western suburbs. A polluted creek ran along the grounds of Automatic Electric, a huge factoryShow More Summary

Grey Butcherbirds – Australia’s Shrikes

When J. Latham first described Grey Butcherbirds in 1801, like most people of the age he assumed Australia’s birds should be...

Eastern Towhee

2 weeks agoHobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

The eastern towhee is a passerine found in the eastern half of North America. They nest from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Coast and as far north as southern portions of Canada. Birds in the northern portion of the range migrate...Show More Summary

BirdFair Bound & A Collins App

Packing the essentials for British BirdFair! I'm busy getting all the last minute laundry, packing and travel arrangements finalized as I head to BirdFair in the UK for the first time. I'm so excited because I have always wanted to go...Show More Summary

New Podcast Episode: Sketches of Homer, Alaska

Last May, I was the keynote speaker at the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska. The festival was really rich in terms of field trips and speakers, the birding was excellent, the people were super friendly, and the weather perfect. Show More Summary

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