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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…]

Blog Birding #320

At A Symphony of Feathers, Devin Griffiths explores the joys and concerns inherent in sharing a world with birds.

If you’ve been following along at all, you’ve discovered that I spend a lot of time with birds. I get out with them whenever I can, even if that means just sitting on the patio and [read more…]

Blog Birding #319

Undoubtedly one of the most beloved warbler in North America is a strange little Black-and-White Warbler, with its endearing nuthatch behavior. At 10,000 Birds Corey Finger explains its appeal.

Mid-to-late April keeps birders in the northeastern United States on edge as we want to see every species as it arrives and we don’t want to [read more…]

Blog Birding #318

The ABA’ 2017 Bird of the Year, Ruddy Turnstone, is a remarkable species, as Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography explores.

Some Ruddy Turnstones migrate through Utah in the spring starting the last week of April until around the end of May and can be seen when they feed to refuel for the rest [read more…]

Blog Birding #317

Like so many of us, Allen Fish’s first field guide was Chandler Robbins’ Golden Guide. At The Golden Gate Audubon Blog, he shares the impact it made on him.

Fifty years later, I pull Robbins from my book case and put it next to my laptop. It falls open flat into three separate pieces. This [read more…]

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