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    Blog Birding #183

    Richard Crossley says don’t worry about bird ID. At least that’s what he told Laura Kammermeier in an interview on the Nature Travel Network.

    In our 35-minute interview, he explains how we’ve been going about it all wrong in the United States when it comes to bird identification. Drawing on common-sense principles and the scientific [read more...]

      Blog Birding #182

      Over at Leica’s Traveling Trinovid blog, John Sterling discusses the bizarre dead-leafing behavior that many warbler employ as they forage.

       In North America, we have dead-leafing Bewick’s and Carolina wrens, but also four warbler species that are dead-leafing specialists only during the winter: Orange-crowned, Blue-winged, Golden-winged and Worm-eating.  In 1988 I collected foraging behavior data [read more...]

        Blog Birding #181

        Common and Chihuahuan Ravens are difficult even in the best of circumstances. At Earbirding, Nathan Pieplow breaks down vocalizations of the two species in an attempt to determine whether that can be a reliable identification point.

        Here in Colorado, we have lots of ravens. Conventional wisdom says the ones on the southeastern plains are Chihuahuans, [read more...]

          Blog Birding #180

          Owls seem to enjoy a special status among birders, and Burrowing Owl is one of the most beloved. Josh at The Boy Who Cried Heron enjoys a fun and family filled day among them in Arizona.

          As we drove along and didn’t find anything, I suggested that we just head back to the neighborhood to [read more...]

            Blog Birding #179

            Dave Ringer, at 10,000 Birds, writes about an Asian species that was recently found to be from a very old lineage indeed. 

            The Spotted Wren-Babbler had been classified with a handful of other wren-babbler species in the genus Spelaeornis, in the babbler family Timaliidae. Timaliidae is currently thought to contain 50-odd babbler species distributed across [read more...]

              Blog Birding #178

              Now that birds are moving it’s time to get in a migration state of mind. We can start with a primer on hawkwatching etiquette from Luke Tiller at Under Clear Skies.

              It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who stroll up to the hawkwatch platform on a quiet day and say nothing [read more...]

                Blog Birding #177

                International travel is a hallmark of the modern birder, but would you change your travel plans based on the human rights record of a birding destination? At Mostly Birds, Paul Hurtado asks the hard questions.

                As birders, we strive to visit places for the birds, but we often do it ways that lend support the [read more...]

                  Blog Birding #176

                  There’s scarcely a more charismatic raptor in North America than Northern Goshawk, and a team with the Idaho Bird Observatory and Boise State University has been doing some interesting work on the breeding biology of this fantastic species and, fortunately for us, writing about it. Rob Miller explains.

                  The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis; hereafter “goshawk”) [read more...]

                    Blog Birding #175

                    Mia McPherson, the skilled photographer who makes her online home at On the Wing Photography, writes a bit about how photographing birds close to home is often as rewarding as photographing them at exotic locales.

                    When you photograph species local to your area you can spend time learning about the behavior of the birds, the [read more...]

                      Blog Birding #174

                      We all have birds that seem to elude us for reasons unknown to us, some more insidious than others. Luke Musher, writing appropriately at The Nemesis Bird, offers some tips for dealing with the disappointment.

                      Wait.  Hold the phone a minute.  You thought Nemesis Bird was just a fashionable name for some know-it-all, top-notch birding blog?  [read more...]

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