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    Crickets. Seriously.

     

    “There is a peculiar virtue in the music of elusive birds.”

    So writes Aldo Leopold in “The Choral Copse,” one of the most powerful and affecting entries in A Sand County Almanac. Merely 415 words long, “The Choral Copse” can scarcely be called an essay. It’s a miniature, a vignette. Yet it conveys a [read more...]

      The Birding Agenda

      I’m asked from time to time if Birding magazine has an “agenda.” And it’s something I personally think about all the time.

      I can think of several themes for the magazine: bird identification; bird biology and bird conservation; new resources for birders and new ways of engaging bird study; and the timeless sense of wonder we [read more...]

        Change and Continuity, Take 2

        Twenty-three years ago—half a lifetime ago—I embarked on the greatest birding adventure of my life: two months traveling around Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies. I arrived in San José with just the essentials: a passport and Spanish phrase book; a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat; an extra pair of underpants; and [read more...]

          Featured Photo: July/August 2014 Birding

          If only we could hear the bird sing. Well, we can’t. Nevertheless, this bird can be identified from the photo.

          Tom Johnson’s detailed analysis of this image appears in the print version of the July/August 2014 Birding, in press right now. For now, let’s see if we can work it out together online.

          What do you [read more...]

            The Way We Were–And Still Are?

            ABA member Harriet Davidson (right) is the very essence of the modern birder: She’s an unrepentant lister, an S&D (“status and distribution”) junkie, and a widely published author (including new-media offerings like DVDs about penguins). Okay, she’s the essence of a particularly ambitious and energetic sort of modern birder.

            There’s more. Davidson was the only woman on [read more...]

              How Many Species of White-breasted Nuthatches?

               

              If you live and bird in the eastern U.S. or eastern Canada, you’ve probably learned the common call note of the familiar White-breasted Nuthatch: a loud, throaty, somewhat nasal yawrnk. Here’s a recording, courtesy of recordist Mike Nelson, from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee:

              http://blog.aba.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Audio-1-Carolina-Nuthatch.wav

              (Can you recognize the other birds in this [read more...]

                How to Record Birdsong—Part 3

                Note: This is the third in a three-part series on how to record bird vocalizations. We looked in Part 1 at which hardware to use and how to use it. In Part 2, we learned about software. In this third and final installment, we take a take a broader view—what to listen for when we’re actually out [read more...]

                  How to Record Birdsong—Part 2

                  Note: This is the second in a three-part series on how to record bird vocalizations. This part is about software—editing sound files and then sharing them with other birders on the internet. Click here to back up to the first part—an overview of the hardware you’ll need to get started.

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                  5. Edit the sound file. I’ll [read more...]

                    How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

                     

                    Two years ago in this space I wrote a three-part primer on the use of digital audio recorders for birding. A lot has changed since that time. The hardware I reviewed in Part 1 no longer is available. The software I discussed in Part 2 has been upgraded—plus, I’ve gotten better at using it. [read more...]

                      Happy Paris Day…Let’s Have a Photo Quiz

                      Exactly 1,063 years ago today, the great city of Paris was founded. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by having a photo quiz. Without further ado, here’s the photo:

                      Photo by © David Wiggins.

                      Hmm… Can’t identify the bird? Scroll down a bit…

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                      • Velociraptors and Moving Rocks: Notes from Camp Colorado September 21, 2014 2:01
                        My week at Camp Colorado started off a few hours behind schedule. After my brother and I boarded our plane, we learned that the plane had a broken seal, and would not be flying us to Denver. We switched planes and got about an hour and a half out, when an elderly woman’s medical emergency […]
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                        When I got asked to go on my first Breeding Bird Survey with one of our areas top birders, I jumped at the opportunity! I met Katie Koch, a US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist at 4:45am. That was the earliest time I've been birding by 15 minutes. […]

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