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Blog Birding #246

Congo Peafowl is a ghost bird, living in a difficult area to access and difficult to find once there. At Nature Travel Network, Laura Kammermeier relays the story of a recent, and successful, quest to finally find one.

The Congo Peafowl, therefore, is “one of the most elusive animals on earth.” This might very well [read more…]

Blog Birding #245

Sorry for the garbled post that went out earlier today. Evidently, something went funky between composing the post and publishing it. Everything should be fixed now.


Being the spouse of a birder can be thankless, it can be maddening, it can also be hilarious. Danette Collins shares 10 things she’s learned from [read more…]

Blog Birding #244

Are Big Years “fair”? What with the ever-changing vagrants, the increasing role of non-natives, and the use of technology as a crutch, Jochen Roeder at 10,000 Birds says no. But he has some ideas to fix that.

Big Years are an inherently unfair competition for a variety of reasons. Of course they have nothing to [read more…]

Blog Birding #243

Noah Strycker heads to a new continent in hopes of cracking the 5,000 mark for 2015. India offers great opportunities to take a bite out of the remaining species he needs.

As I begin the Asian leg of this project, a significant milestone approaches. The current big year world record stands at 4,341 birds, recorded [read more…]

Blog Birding #242

More lawns mean fewer raptors, an unfortunate equation. At Futurity, Nathan Hurst writes about how businesses can be more proactive about attracting raptors and other wild birds to their campuses.

“We found that for each five percent increase in lawn cover, the number of raptors decreased by 12 percent. Urban businesses can contribute to raptor [read more…]

Blog Birding #241

Don Freiday, at Freiday Bird Blog, continues to be a great resource for those birders looking for unusual shorebirds this fall. This past week he took on Baird’s Sandpiper, with tips on how to pick this pointy, prairie specialty out on your local mudflat.

By far, most of the Baird’s Sandpipers we see on the [read more…]

Blog Birding #240

Splits and lumps in the birding world are always full of drama. At the Leica Birding Blog, Steve N.G. Howell calls out the AOU for what he sees as an inconsistent approach, and shows a better way forward.

I often hear puzzled birders bemoan AOU decisions, perceiving them as seemingly inconsistent and idiosyncratic: Baltimore and [read more…]

Blog Birding #239

Is the internet good or bad for the science and art of bird identification? It’s a question that’s been asked many times since the advent of the listserv. Steve Tucker of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds tackles it again in the face of the social media tsunami.

One of the best and worst things about all [read more…]

Blog Birding #238

It’s shorebird season at last, and the web is full of tips for making the most of that often confusing family. City Birder Rob Jett offers a basic overview.

Shorebirds fly fast; several species can cruise at seventy miles per hour. They also tend to fly erratically and evasively, twisting and twirling against the sun, [read more…]

Blog Birding #237

Swifts are remarkable birds, but often hard to get a good look at as they course through the sky. Their vocalizations, however, can be immediately distinctive, as Nathan Pieplow explains in his swift-recording travelogue from Mexico, at Earbirding.

For the next hour, these two species swirled over our heads, sometimes swinging pretty low. The encounter [read more…]

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