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Blog Birding #332

The question of how to diversify birding has been one the outdoor community has been attempting to answer for some time with varying degrees of success. Jacqueline Scott of Black Outdoors shares her thoughts on what we all can do.

There was a rare bird among the birders. Me. A Black woman participating in an [read more…]

Blog Birding #331

It’s the time of year for baby shorebirds on eastern beaches, and at Readings from the Northside, you can learn about how those babies are monitored and banded.

Restoring a little balance to the shore requires a little work, and some sacrifice, but these people have already done the heavy lifting for us. This is [read more…]

Blog Birding #330

One of the more extraordinary bird stories in recent years, Sarah Gilman at Cornell’s All About Birds writes about the re-discovery of a South American bird that had been unseen for decades.

Though deforestation was common around the Táchira Antpitta’s suspected home, some of the undisturbed forest was protected inside Venezuela’s El Tamá National Park. [read more…]

Blog Birding #329

Bird vocalization expert Nathan Pieplow of Earbirding takes a look at potential difference between eastern and western populations of the gregarious and familiar Purple Martin.

Only one study on the vocalizations of Purple Martin has ever been published, by swallow guru Charles Brown in 1984. In that study, Brown compared the sounds of Purple Martins [read more…]

Blog Birding #328

We usually focus on blogs here, but occasionally a bird-related story passes through the traditional media and is so good that it needs to be shared here. Nick Neely’s fascinating deep dive into the new Cassia Crossbill, published in High Country News, is well worth your time.

Little wonder that crossbills settled in the South [read more…]

Blog Birding #327

Want more on the AOS Check-list Supplement? Christian Hagenlocher shares his thoughts at The Birding Project.

The latest AOU supplement is now online! I’ll admit, writing this is a little outside my comfort zone. I’m not the type of birder who memorizes the taxonomical order of the New World passerines, or eagerly awaits [read more…]

Blog Birding #326

Happy US Independence Day to our American members and readers. Laura Erickson offers some thoughts on patriotism and chickadees.

On Independence Day, I like to think about the essential elements of my country that make me proud to be an American. The songs that most famously express patriotism focus on the natural beauty of this [read more…]

Blog Birding #323

The annual Spring Blitz out of Hatteras, North Carolina, is one of the most exciting times of year for those who love seabirds. Peter Flood at Seabirding Blog writes up one of their recent, and very productive, trips.

At this point things were quite birdy with shearwaters, petrels and increasing numbers of storm-petrels attending Kate’s [read more…]

Blog Birding #322

The Midwest and American Kestrels go together like few other birds and places in North America. At The Eyrie, Coralee Booker explores the issues facing these iconic little falcons.

A further threat facing American Kestrels is a decline in flying insect populations, which kestrels depend on to feed their young. A few years ago, when [read more…]

Blog Birding #321

Connecticut Warblers are skulky in the best of times, and a real treat to see. That evasiveness and novelty makes the news about their extraordinary fall migration all the more amazing. Emily McKinnon at Movement Ecology of Animals discovered this unexpected migration and writes about it.

I think there are a lot of reasons, actually. [read more…]

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