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Tidal flats yield yet another great find

As I had promised last week, I will touch on my success trying to photograph a Mangrove Warbler. This turned...

A new little family and a scary threat to their survival

Last fall on September 7, when I was taking photos of my dog Pip and the birds at my birdbath, I noticed some Red-bellied Woodpeckers in my yard and my neighbors’. They were here and there, hard to track in the foliage, but I saw at least one adult and at least two young birds, and managed to get pictures of one young one. Show More Summary

Great Tit Telomeres, Baby Talk, Brainy Birds

Great Tit Telomeres, Baby Talk, Brainy Birds This morning, I have three interesting scientific findings related to bird for you....

SHOOTIN' THE MOON

Photos taken at the Chatham Light Overlook. We chatted with Stephen and Susan who'd parked beside us to watch the solstice full moon come up over the ocean. This is for you two. It was so much fun sharing the wonder and laughter. LATER THAT NIGHT....

Intervention: Stringer Edition

There are two types of birders that everyone hates – assholes and stringers. Which is worse, I don’t know. But...

Birding Took A Back Seat To Yardwork

Reluctantly, birding had to take a back seat to yardwork and other responsibilities. Yes, even birders sometimes have to trim hedges,weed gardens, have the car serviced etc.. Of course, I had every intention to sneak a little birding in after I was done but quickly realized it was time to shut the birding down and get the work done. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #210 Bird Brains and Philandering Godwits

Spice Gull. The struggle of birders attracting new birders. Gary the philandering godwit. Bird brains blah, blah, blah. So if you have an iPhone, some extra time on your hands and you're looking for a bird dating sim app...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2016)

Mid-June has so much to offer in the temperate zones, with breeders in one half of the world and migrants...

Singing Honeyeaters

It is very easy when writing about birds to ignore the birds you see most often and there are more...

Guira Cuckoo

You could be forgiven for thinking that I only ever post about birds from Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires. The...

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of June 2016?

Fatherhood, for those of you who have never had the pleasure, is rich with moments of joy, satisfaction, and lots...

What Is The Sound of One Bird Flapping?

This is about two birds flapping, not one, but I needed a title. So the other day I was sitting...

What is the State Bird of Rhode Island?

When I picture state birds, I picture the gorgeous Scissor-tailed Flycatcher of Oklahoma, the pristine white feathers of Alaska’s Willow...

Piping Plovers Here and There

In June 2013 during my Conservation Big Year, when I still needed to see an endangered Roseate Tern, I learned that I had a good chance of seeing one or more feeding at Popham Beach State Park in Maine. Sure enough, I saw one there—the...Show More Summary

Red-shafted Northern Flickers Feeding Nestlings

My nestling Red-shafted Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus) are around two weeks old now and the adults are still entering the...

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

It’s a bang-up breeding year for super-endangered birds! First, wildlife officials in Louisiana announced the first successful wild Whooping Crane nest in...

A nice surprise on the tidal flats

Sunday morning started out like many of my Sundays, loading the camera gear, and heading out to whatever spots seems...

I Went for a Walk

On Sunday late afternoon I went for a walk by myself. I'd been on a five-mile hike earlier in the day with Julie and two old friends visiting from central Ohio. The morning hike was birdy and fun: ceruleans and rose-breasts, dogs splashing in the creek. Show More Summary

From Baby Beggar To Brash Adult Mockingbird

A couple of weeks go I was rushing from place to place on a frantic search for warblers. Now the peak of spring migration has passed and we are entering the nesting season. this past Saturday I was down by the shore intending to look for shorebirds. Show More Summary

Garganey in New York

On Sunday, 5 June, word of Jay McGowan finding a Gargeney at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in western New York...

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