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    Blog Birding #215

    Learning about bird identification often means learning more about bird physiology that we ever dreamed of. Laura Erickson takes that to its extreme with a comprehensive look at bird tongues.

    From the time I was a very little girl, I wondered about bird tongues. Well, actually, I wondered about all tongues. Dog tongues lolled out, [read more…]

      Blog Birding #214

      What are the most difficult birds in North America to record? It’s not always the ones that are the hardest to find, as Andrew Spencer at Earbirding explains.

      Most of the species that I talk about below aren’t really “hard” birds to see.  Some of them can be downright common in the right areas.  But [read more…]

        Blog Birding #213

        Big news this week in the Big Year front as Dorian Anderson of Biking for Birds cracked 600 on his continent-spanning bicycle big year in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. His #600 was a common valley bird, but he had a real surprise not long after.

        A very small bird eventually materialized in a small, [read more…]

          Blog Birding #212

          There are no shortage of tips for those who attend bird walks, but fewer for those who seek to lead them, which requires walking that fine line between finding lots of birds and making sure everyone gets good looks at the ones you see. At The Eyre, Aidan Place offers some pointers, particularly aimed at [read more…]

            Blog Birding #211

            Despite their often befuddling array of plumages, the transition from juvenile to adult in gulls is a fascinating one. MiaMcPherson, of On the Wing Photography, shares some photos of Ring-billed Gulls of all ages and plumages.

            In February of 2011 I wrote about the age progression of Bald Eagles along with images to illustrate the [read more…]

              Blog Birding #210

              The music of birdsong has inspired humans for as long as we’ve been able to make music ourselves. Laura Erickson contemplates that connection between us and the birds, and how similar it really is.

              On October 23, NPR’s All Things Considered ran a story about the mockingbirds in New Orleans. One of the 4-note phrases [read more…]

                Blog Birding #209

                Ravens are curious, intelligent, and charismatic. They can also do a number on your car if they have a mind to, and a few birds in Saugerties, New York, have decided they have a taste for rubber. Corey Finger at 10,000 Birds explains.

                No one can figure out why, exactly, birds are attacking and dismantling [read more…]

                  Blog Birding #208

                  Compared to the Old World, we birder sin the Americas suffer a paucity of kingfishers, which is a shame as they’re such charismatic and dramatic birds. Fortunately, the one most of us in North America know and love is the Belted Kingfisher, and Laura Erickson shares with us more that we thought we’d want to [read more…]

                    Blog Birding #208

                    Young birder camps aren’t just great opportunities for the campers, but the interns have a story to tell too. At The Eyrie, Mike Hudson writes about his experiences at Camp Avocet.

                    Aside from being able to bird every waking hour, I also had the privilege to be guiding alongside the other instructors, which is not [read more…]

                      Blog Birding #207

                      Perhaps no topic of discussion among ABA areas is more likely to turn birder against birder than the inclusion of Hawaii into the ABA Area. At Pittsburgh Birding Life, Aidan Place makes his case against adding Hawaii.

                      The most credible pro-Hawaii argument in my eyes, is that adding Hawaii would draw attention to the plight [read more…]

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                        Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. More and more young birders have been leading bird walks. This is awesome and really helps enrich the young birder community, as well as the birding community as a whole. […]

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