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Blog Birding #275

The Two-Bird Theory has seen wide adoption in recent years, but Steve Tucker of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds has another idea to share, the One Bird Theory.

The one bird theory is simple, though a bit cumbersome to explain. If a Ruff is seen in Oregon one day, and another Ruff is seen in Washington [read more…]

Blog Birding #274

It’s spring in New Jersey, and though Cape May gets much of the accolades, there are other parts of the Garden State worth exploring, as Don Freiday of Freiday Bird Blog shares.

Everybody knows I love Cape May, but from early May through early June there is place that eclipses the Cape May birding mecca. [read more…]

Blog Birding #273

Spring may mean migrating passerines for many birders, but Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus is still about the gulls and the problems that bleaching in spring and summer can pose for identifications.

Birders should keep this in mind especially when assessing white-wingers (i.e., Thayer’s and Kumlien’s in particular) and suspected hybrids. A bleached Thayer’s in [read more…]

Blog Birding #272

House Sparrows are known for their versitility. After all, few other species manage as well as they do in degraded habitats. But Jim McCormac of Ohio Birds and Biodiversity found a new spot for them, tucked into the branches of an Osprey’s nest.

The male sparrow brings in a load of dried vegetation to add [read more…]

Blog Birding #271

Birdathon season is upon us, and Big Days will soon be run across the continent seeking out the biggest and best numbers for their regions. Some folks at Mass Audubon offer a rundown of some of the =more difficult species to find, at least in Massachusetts.

Last year, Team Drumlin Farm squeaked out a win [read more…]

Blog Birding #270

Many of us have been working for years on the issue of encouraging people of diverse backgrounds to get involved in birding and outdoor hobbies. It’s a tough nut to crack for a lot of reasons, particularly since these are communities that can be enriched by those experiences and can enrich those of us who [read more…]

Blog Birding #269

When a strange bird shows up that doesn’t quite seem like any species, do we pull the hybrid card too often. Steve Tucker at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds thinks the “Hybrid Theory” is invoked too often.

The problem remains the same: birders will default to calling a bird a hybrid if it does not fit [read more…]

Blog Birding #268

There’s good bird writing, and there’s good writing that involves birds. This great piece from Cassidy Gratton at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds is definitely the latter.

The officer guarding us plays good cop. ‘So, you do a little weed once in awhile? A lot of people do, its no biggie.’ I don’t really hear him. [read more…]

Blog Birding #267

Birders love the National Wildlife Refuge system, not only because they offer great places to birds, but also because the habitat protected there means birds are better off in the other places we can find them, too. Jason Crotty, writing at 10,000 Birds, explains why birders need to get deeply involved in issues regarding public [read more…]

Blog Birding #266

The question of how to encourage non-game species conservation has been a nut birders have been trying to crack for some time. John Fitzpatrick at Cornell has some interesting thoughts on the matter, at All About Birds.

Landmark public-private funding vehicles were later enacted to provide federal assistance for habitat acquisition and for state conservation [read more…]

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