The question of baiting owls seems to be a perennial one in the north. Christian Hagenlocher of The Birding Project has a complete roundup of the issue and potential solutions.
Many people have good intentions putting mice out for owls, thinking that they are starving, but that is seldom the case. Research shows that [read more…]
Most waterfowl are truly gorgeous, particularly in their late winter finery. Bruce Mactavish at The Newfoundland Birding Blog shares his feelings about a real stunner, the male Eurasian Wigeon.
There is something about an adult drake Eurasian Wigeon that I find irresistible. The burnt orange head and silvery gray body must have something to do [read more…]
Few birds are as evocative as a Snowy Owl, as impressive a bird as there can be in North America. At Notes from the Wildside, ABA Blog contributor Justin Cale shares his first experience.
On a cold, dreary Saturday morning, my father and I awoke at 4 a.m. in preparation for a trip to the [read more…]
What is it about birds that we find so appealing? For each birder, there’s probably a different response, but Tom Brown, writing at 10,000 Birds, shares what resonates for him.
Perhaps it is that quirk of human behavior, the one that is always looking for a challenge, that makes the difficulty factor of finding each [read more…]
There have been a number of Old World/New World splits approved by the AOS (formerly AOU) in recent years, one that is flying under the radar is Sandwich Tern. Yoav Perlman at Birding Frontiers offers some information on what birders should look for. Written from a European perspective, it is nonetheless useful for birders on [read more…]
It’s the coldest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, and still we want to get out in the field. Kyle Carlson, writing at Out There with the Birds has some tips on staying warm in cold conditions.
Today I spent part of my lunch break standing along the Ohio River in blowing snow [read more…]
We love hearing about your experiences with our 2017 Bird of the Year. Here’s one from Mia McPherson at On the Wing Photography. Keep them coming!
A few days ago the ABA announced the 2017 Bird of the Year as the Ruddy Turnstone and I couldn’t be any happier because shorebirds were my “spark” birds [read more…]
It’s an ambitious attempt, to try to break the record for species of gulls seen in one day at one site, but Brandon Holden of Peregrine Prints if going to try for it around the Niagara Falls region of Ontario. He lays out his strategy here. Check back to see how successful he was.
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Seen and heard birds both provide opportunities for mistakes of different sorts. The cryptically named “mbalame” has more at North Coast Diaries.
Bird ID by sound can be tricky, in part, because many sounds can be imitated. We imitate owls. Jays imitate hawks. Starlings imitate all sorts of things. Then there are all those nearly-the-same [read more…]
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…]