Everyone is talking about Snowy Owls this week. And why not? They’re apparently all over the east coast just like they were all over the west and middle of the continent in recent years. There’s no better time to go and look for them, and Mike Crewe of View from the Cape has some tips.
Christmas Bird Count season is right around the corner (are you excited?). With wintry weather on the forecast, Mardi Dickinson at Kymry shares a few tips and products that will help keep you warm this year.
I would rather have to unzip or open up a layer to cool off than to be cold at anytime, [read more...]
It may have been the biggest one-day twitch ever undertaken in the ABA Area, and the RGV Birding Festival Amazon Kingfisher will go down in history as one of those stories everyone who was there will tell for the rest of their lives. Birdfellow‘s Dave Irons tells the tale:
Each and every festival leader and [read more...]
Another week of excellent bird bloggery, featuring seabirds in Newfoundland, Wild Turkeys in Arizona, the Surf in Scoters, the birder in all of us, and the newest I and the Bird.
The most recent I and the Bird at 10,000 Birds is about that most appropriate groups of birds for this fall, boobies (and gannets [read more...]
Excellent online commentary this week on the feeling of needing to bird, crows and shiny objects, rules for young birdwatchers, suggestions for rare bird reporting, and more bird vocalization vocabulary.
What do you do when you feel that pull to get out and find some rare bird, particularly when the desire to bird on your [read more...]
A great haul of online writing this week on White-breasted Nuthatch splits, bird vocalization vocabulary, non-birding families, Pokeman birding, birding while black, and defeating the stringer within.
The split of the White-breasted Nuthatches has been talked about for some time, though the AOU has not moved on it yet. Tom Beedy and Ed Pandolfino explain [read more...]
Great bird blogging this week on spark birds, rare birds, project feederwatch, sparrow ID and leaving your camera battery at home.
Spark bird stories are as varied as the birders who tell them, Steve Tucker at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds recounts his own. A warning, there’s a bit of language:
What is a “spark bird”, [read more...]
Great bird blogging this week on off gulls, nemesis birds, the young birder of the year contest, Arizona, and plumage diversity in young Northern Harriers.
Chandeleur Gulls, those bizarre hybrid offspring of Kelp and Herring Gulls from the Chandeleur Islands of Louisiana, may be turning up across North America, sowing confusion everywhere they go. Amar [read more...]
Great writing about birds this week on the conservation of Virginia Eifert, shorebird molt, a seabird that got away, new names for old birds, and birding with the new iPhone 5s.
Charlotte Wasylik, of the Alberta-based Prairie Birder, shares a wonderful article by noted bird conservationist Virginia Eifert:
Virginia Eifert lived through a great deal [read more...]
Great bird writing this week on breaking down bird vocalizations, the Young Birder Conference, identifying brown harriers, DDT and Condors, and the most recent edition of I and the Bird.
At 10,000 Birds, this month’s edition of I and the Bird is all about swallows, the amazing aerial insect inhalers:
If birders say they love [read more...]