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Cackling-ish Geese

Cackling Goose is a rare fall migrant through Massachusetts and I usually see a couple of them each fall among the hundreds of Canada Geese around Concord. I look forward to the challenge of sorting through the flocks and picking these birds out, and once a candidate is located the identification has usually been straightforward [...]

Blue-winged Teal at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

The Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) is not that common in California except along the coast, so I was pretty excited to...

Review: Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa

In the light of the (worrying) news that Corey is writing a field guide (yes, I’m up to date now),...

Snowy Owl print to benefit research

I have made prints of this gouache painting that I did in 2011 for the cover of the Journal of Raptor Research to highlight a paper on Snowy Owls (more info about my gouache technique here). A portion of the sale of each print will be donated to help fund research, such as the work [...]

Quiz on Belizean Birds and Greater Coverts

Find the Greater Secondary Coverts These are some of my digiscoped photos from a recent trip to Belize, all taken at the fantastic Black Rock Lodge. On each photo body parts are labeled with letters, and your challenge is to identify the greater secondary coverts on each bird. Show More Summary

Saw-whet Owl print to benefit research

I have made prints of this gouache painting of a Northern Saw-whet Owl from 2006 (more info about my gouache technique here). This painting also appeared in a weekly newspaper column “Sibley on Birds”, and the original was auctioned to benefit the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. A portion of the sale of [...]

Birding and Fly-fishing in Pisgah National Forest

The first time I agreed to join my fiancé Brian on a joint birding/fly-fishing excursion, I wasn’t sure what to...

Print to support shorebird habitat preservation

My newest print to benefit conservation efforts is this 2014 gouache painting of a Semipalmated Sandpiper with American Avocets (more info about my gouache technique here). This is a common scene in the Mississippi River Delta region, where catfish ponds and other managed wetlands create habitat for large numbers of American Avocets, migrating Semipalmated Sandpipers, [...]

My Kind Of Birding

The outdoor library at Canopy Lodge in Panama. Doesn't that look relaxing? I have been party to a lot of discussion online and in meetings about what women birders doing. Part of this is because women are 50% (at least) of the birding population in the US and hard to find in Europe. Show More Summary

A hawk in pigeon’s clothing

I saw a Cooper’s Hawk catch a Rock Pigeon a few days ago. By itself that experience is noteworthy – a Rock Pigeon is a big bird for a Cooper’s Hawk to handle – but more remarkable was the way the attack unfolded. Cooper’s Hawk, original acrylic painting copyright David Sibley I was [...]

The extremely variable American Pipit

I have been noticing variation in American Pipit for many years, and last month I had the opportunity to photograph a small flock. The photos here are of three randomly selected individuals in that flock, all taken within a few minutes on October 27, 2014 in Acton, MA. The differences in color are striking: compare [...]

Four new prints to benefit conservation

Limited edition prints are now available of the four paintings shown below. These gouache paintings were completed between 2011 and 2014, and a portion of the proceeds from their sale will be donated to benefit efforts to preserve and manage bird habitat. Be sure to check out the other conservation prints available here. Male [...]

Why do phoebes pump their tails?

Lots of birds have a habit of pumping (or wagging) their tails. It’s mostly open-country birds like phoebes, wagtails and pipits, Palm Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, and others. Many hypotheses have been suggested to explain why the birds do it, but nobody came up with an answer until Gregory Avellis in 2011. He studied Black [...]

A new quiz on backyard birds

Test your “partial cues” recognition skills. Each photo shows only part of a common North American backyard bird. (All photos © David Sibley.) Backyard bird fragments Please wait while the activity loads. If this activity does not load, try refreshing your browser. Show More Summary

Barn Owl Box

last weekHobbies / Birding : Owl Box

I am in the process of completing my construction of a Barn Owl box. Although attracting a Barn Owl is a long shot, but I had to give it a try. Here is a photo of the current status. More info to follow.

Introducing Erika

Hey, readers! We have some exciting news to share: 10,000 Birds has a new Beat Writer! Erika Zambello will be...

Welcome Spring

Last Friday was the first day of Spring. Here in Minnesota mid March does not typically look like Spring, especially the past couple of year. We often still have a lot of snow on the ground and temps that barely reach above freezing....Show More Summary

Winter’s Last Gasp

This past Friday was the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Not that any of us in New...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2015)

Here in the United States, we are gripped by March Madness. While this epic basketball tournament can make people pretty...

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