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Blog Birding #299

In this season of bird feeding it’s important to remember the obligation we owe to our feathered tenants, to keep the feeders clean to limit the spread of disease. Ron Dudley at Feathered Photography offers some illustrative reasons for doing so.

Several years ago when I was new to bird photography I would often practice [read more…]

Blog Birding #298

Our time in nature is wonderful for the birds we enjoy, but also for the fellow travelers we meet, as Justin Cale reflects at Notes from the Wildside.

I continued my walk down the wide path that would eventually become the wall of a dam. Breathing in deeply, I couldn’t help but smile as I [read more…]

Blog Birding #297

A recent journal article published in Science Advances suggests that the number of critically endangered bird species in the world may be far higher than we are aware of. John Platt at Extinction Countdown has more.

According to the paper, hundreds of bird species in six of the world’s most biodiverse regions have much smaller [read more…]

Blog Birding #296

Birding can be rewarding for both its intensity and its solace, at 10,000 Birds Patrick O’Donnell seeks the second.

I told him I had seen an Ovenbird. He immediately said, “I was making cookies the other day and they got burned. So, so, you think that Ovenbird had something to do with it Pat?” His [read more…]

Blog Birding #296

There are many ways to identify a bird, and, as Steve Tucker writes at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds, there are just as many ways to misidentify one, too.

Birds are still getting misidentified by the truckload. Maybe we’ve been going about it all wrong? Maybe some birders actually do not want to identify birds, they [read more…]

Blog Birding #295

Birds and large-scale advertising campaigns are often a train wreck of epic proportions. Nick Lund, The Birdist, explores a new crime against ornithology from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is coming out with a new Golf with some thing called Alltrack that I guess makes it better for driving outside or something, and they’re promoting it with a [read more…]

Blog Birding #294

The Ammodramus sparrows, a group of relatively colorful (for sparrows) and often secretive open-country birds that are well worth making an effort to see, as Ed Gaillard at Warblers and Rumors of Warblers finds out.

Nelson’s Sparrow is a member of the genus Ammodramus, a scarce and secretive group of grassland and mash sparrows that [read more…]

Blog Birding #293

Birding has many joys, not least of which is finding something that is definitely not supposed to be where it is. Dorian Anderson of The Speckled Hatchback recounts the discovery of a California Dusky Warbler.

However, the excitement of chasing rarities, “poaching” as I often refer to the process, pales in comparison to finding rarities [read more…]

Blog Birding #292

Storm-petrels are among the most numerous birds on earth, but their habitat preferences put them out of reach of most birders. So it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to appreciate them the way Jared Clarke of Bird the Rock was able to recently.

For a place that boasts the world’s largest colonies of Leach’s Storm-Petrels, [read more…]

Blog Birding #291

It’s looking like it’s going to be a fairly good winter for Red Crossbills in the coming months, and as one of North America’s most vexing species from a taxonomic perspective, birders often want to keep track of the “Types” of crossbills they cross paths with. Nick Bonomo has some great information on how to [read more…]

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