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Avian Gems of the Caribbean Foothills

Want to know a good recipe for tons of different bird species? Mix high mountains with abundant water, add warm...

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2017?

While those of us living in the northeastern United States are currently buried under what passes for the current season,...

Morning Coffee with Eastern Imperial Eagle

May 2009 After a wakeup call at highly uncivilized 3.45 am, at the crack of dawn I am sitting in...

Birds of the La Paz Malecon

Every year, there is a phenomenon that occurs here in La Paz, as well as many major cities across the planet....

Is the White-naped Xenopsaris Migratory? or The Limits of Citizen Science

That’s a question you’ve probably never asked yourself. There’s a decent chance you’ve never even heard of it before. I...

15,354 Days and Counting

As of today, the Ides of March 2017, I saw my first Black-capped Chickadee 15,354 days ago. I’ve seen more than one chickadee on most of those days and over 200 in a single day on a few Christmas Bird Counts.I'm sure I haven’t seen an...Show More Summary

The Pacific Wren of the San Francisco Botanical Garden

The air was cooler in the Redwood Grove than the surrounding, sunlit areas of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2017)

We may be mere weeks away from rolling over into a new season, but the one we’re mired in may...

The decline, East to West, of the Golden-winged Warbler

The once common Golden-winged Warbler now has one of the smallest populations of any songbird not on the Endangered Species List. An estimated 400,000 breeding adults remained in 2013—a drop of 66 percent since the 1960s, based on Breeding Bird Survey numbers. Show More Summary

What's Worse Than Forgetting My Camera?

Sometimes when I get up early to go birding on the weekend I forget some of my birding gear because I'm in too much of a hurry. If I forget my scope it's no big deal. I can still get by with the use of my camera and binoculars. Forgetting my binoculars is more of a disappointment but then I usually concentrate my efforts on getting better photos. Show More Summary

First Phoebe of 2017

I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2017 this morning, 12 March, at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, thus kicking...

Magpie-lark breeding near Broome

Magpie-larks are a very common bird throughout most of Australia and they are quite at home among the large cities...

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse

A Pin-tailed Sandgrouse flew across the front of the hide and landed on the other side of a freshwater sluice,...

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair With Nature

The nature memoir – a blend of place-based writing with life story – has been having a “moment” that’s lasted...

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2017?

If your part of the world is dealing with the levels of meteorological turmoil my part is, you’ll remember the...

Thomas Spence's beautifully pale Pine Siskin

"Dilute" "leucistic" abnormally pale Pine SiskinCopyright 2017 by Thomas Spence; used with permission. Last week I received an email from WTIP listener Thomas Spence, asking about a beautiful, extraordinarily pale finch, which he correctly identified as a “Leucistic Pine Siskin.” He sent along photos of the bird alone and with other siskins. Show More Summary

Trump Signs Executive Orders And Scott Pruitt Stacks EPA With Climate Change Skeptics

For those of you who may have forgotten, or some who never knew, we once had rivers in the United...

Tracking the Kirkland’s Warbler

The jack pines of Michigan are well-known as the breeding grounds of the Kirkland’s Warbler—and thus, the best place to...

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

Jason A. Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who loves to share thoughtful, in-depth conservation pieces with 10,000 Birds...

The wonderful Phainopepla

Spring is in the air, and all around the Baja desert I am seeing a plethora of species, all looking...

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