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Blog Birding #241

Don Freiday, at Freiday Bird Blog, continues to be a great resource for those birders looking for unusual shorebirds this fall. This past week he took on Baird’s Sandpiper, with tips on how to pick this pointy, prairie specialty out on your local mudflat.

By far, most of the Baird’s Sandpipers we see on the [read more…]

Blog Birding #240

Splits and lumps in the birding world are always full of drama. At the Leica Birding Blog, Steve N.G. Howell calls out the AOU for what he sees as an inconsistent approach, and shows a better way forward.

I often hear puzzled birders bemoan AOU decisions, perceiving them as seemingly inconsistent and idiosyncratic: Baltimore and [read more…]

Blog Birding #239

Is the internet good or bad for the science and art of bird identification? It’s a question that’s been asked many times since the advent of the listserv. Steve Tucker of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds tackles it again in the face of the social media tsunami.

One of the best and worst things about all [read more…]

Blog Birding #238

It’s shorebird season at last, and the web is full of tips for making the most of that often confusing family. City Birder Rob Jett offers a basic overview.

Shorebirds fly fast; several species can cruise at seventy miles per hour. They also tend to fly erratically and evasively, twisting and twirling against the sun, [read more…]

Blog Birding #237

Swifts are remarkable birds, but often hard to get a good look at as they course through the sky. Their vocalizations, however, can be immediately distinctive, as Nathan Pieplow explains in his swift-recording travelogue from Mexico, at Earbirding.

For the next hour, these two species swirled over our heads, sometimes swinging pretty low. The encounter [read more…]

Blog Birding #236

At The Eyrie, Steve N.G. Howell starts what looks to be a great series on the how and why of a field notebook.

Young birders (YBs) are sponges that absorb all sorts of information, ask questions, and never seem to tire out – although they can certainly exhaust the adults who work with them! I’ve [read more…]

Blog Birding #235

We all know the recuperative power birding can have, even if it’s a small experience that can turn a bad day into a good one. At eBird, Kelley Nunn and Robin Huff share some wonderful stories about how their own interest in birding, and eBirding, has kept them going through difficult time.

The neurologist I [read more…]

Blog Birding #234

That Peregrine Falcons are impressive predators is no surprise, but it’s always fun to see them doing what they do, as David Sibley experienced recently at a tern colony in New York.

While I was at Great Gull Island, New York, July 3-5, two different Peregrine Falcons were passing through the tern colony. I never [read more…]

Blog Birding #242

It’s baby bird season, and David Sibley has some thoughts about identifying them when their parents aren’t around.

Birds are busy this time of year, trying to raise a family (or two or three) and then get ready for fall migration, and it all goes so fast. The young birds are full-grown just a few [read more…]

Blog Birding #241

Truth told, our birding failures often out-number our birding successes by a large margin, so it’s a good thing there’s always something to learn from a nemesis, as Justine Hausheer shares at The Nature Conservancy’s Cool Green Science.

The only word running through my head isn’t fit for print. This was my one chance to [read more…]

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