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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2014)

Henry James knew all about how transcendent this time of year can be, at least up here in the northern...

BirdFair: Products, Passion and Conservation

This is an image taken with the Pentax Ricoh Theta-- I was trying to give an idea of what it's like to be in the thick of the crowd. One of the really cool things I saw at BirdFair didn't necessarily have to do with birding--it's the...Show More Summary

Kununurra Poo Ponds

Last Sunday we had a bit of driving to do. Well, more than a bit of driving due to the...

Chomes is Shorebirds in Costa Rica.

August is shorebird time in much of the birding world, Costa Rica included. Sandpipers, plovers, and other long-legged birdies that...

Of Bird Diets, Dangers, and Delinquents

This week in birding news has it all covered. Er, sort of. To wit: As if beach-nesting birds don’t have...

The Flight of the Vultures

The only bird we saw in every state was the Turkey Vulture. No vast kettles, yet, only ones and twos....

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of August 2014?

Keep your eyes to the skies, especially when you’re above the clouds in the Andes! Many Northern Hemisphere birders see...

Revisiting the Endangered Species Act

In 1900, the United States government enacted the first federal law designed to protect wildlife, the Lacey Act, which prohibited interstate commerce of animals killed in violation of state game laws. In 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act made it illegal to hunt, pursue, take, capture, kill, or sell any migratory birds without a proper license. Show More Summary

Birding Thailand: Doi Lang

Nearly every country or region has an area on its periphery that regularly attracts a tantalizing assortment of vagrants or...

Birding Along Windsor Locks Canal Trail

I always thought that Windsor Locks was an odd name for a town when I was a kid. Later I learned that it was name for a set of canal locks that were built in the 1820's to help ships get by the shallow rapids in that area of the Connecticut River. Show More Summary


Mid- to late-August is the peak migration period for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds passing through the upper Midwest, and sure enough, my hummingbird feeders have been hopping for the past couple of weeks. I got to spend August 16 in Henderson,...Show More Summary

What makes a good bird guide?

Joining some travelling birders FB group, I’ve read a long list of dos and don’ts. One of many don’ts was:...

Spectacular Birding on Cerro Montezuma

What happens when you visit one of the best birdwatching sites in the region with the highest number of endemic...

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

2 weeks agoHobbies / 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...

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