ABA Board member J. Drew Lanham, whose new memoir was published recently, offers an excerpt of the work focusing on the concerns of a black man birding in rural South Carolina at Literary Hub.
On mornings like this I sometimes question why I choose to do such things. Was I crazy to take this route, [read more…]
It’s worth noting, in this exciting time of year, that there are lots of wonderful resources available for birders looking to make the most of their fall. Birdcast, by the folks who brought you eBird, is one of the finest, and is worth a daily visit this time of year.
Marginal and locally favorable migration [read more…]
Ontario birder Alan Wormington died this past week, leaving a huge hole at Point Pelee and elsewhere around the country. He was a regular commenter on this blog, too, and an active part of the community here. He will be missed. Josh Vandermuelen on Ontario Birds and Herps offers a touching tribute.
Alan was an [read more…]
Shorebirds are coming through en masses across much of the continent, and Don Freiday at The Freiday Bird Blog writes about how identifying the age of the birds can increase your skill and enjoyment of tackling these ephemeral migrants.
A word of caution: juveniles of a given species can be variable one to the other. [read more…]
It’s peak time for Common Nighthawk migration across much of the continent. Finding them can be as easy as sticking your head out the window at sundown, but Don and Lilian Stokes have some more specific tips.
Common Nighthawk migration is in full swing here in New England. We have gotten good flights before, our [read more…]
Birding attracts naturalists, but also writers too, as if there something about the pastoral avocation that is so appealing to those who look for inspiration in unusual places. At Literary Hub, Katherine Towler explores.
With birds I have found another way of being in the world. The time devoted to watching birds is about nothing [read more…]
Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers are notorious for their penchant for interbreeding, but the upcoming publication of a study in Current Biology clarifies the relationship between the two “species”, and forces us to question what we think about these birds. Gustave Axelson explains at All About Birds.
In many ways, Golden-winged Warblers and Blue-winged Warblers [read more…]
The Wilson versus Audubon debate has raged for decades, but Rick Wright of Birding New Jersey and Beyond makes the case for the lesser-known artist, and his busy, but carefully considered, plates.
It’s one of the great commonplaces in the age-old Wilson vs. Audubon debate: Wilson’s birds are more “accurate,” but the aesthetic value of [read more…]
In a fine piece of writing, Neil Gilbert of Obsessive-Compulsive Birding writes of an opportunity to bird at a time when opportunities had been lacking.
It has been a challenging summer, full of headaches induced by excessive screen time and bewildering Greek notation that I haven’t encountered since Calculus class years ago. I’ve learned a [read more…]
Shorebird season is on the horizon, and many birds are already heading back south. Time to get reacquainted with some of the more common migrants like Solitary Sandpiper, as Tom Johnson lays out at View from the Cape.
Solitary Sandpipers are small members of the genus Tringa, the same genus that includes the yellowlegs and [read more…]