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Blog Birding #336

What does the torrential rain and wind of Hurricane Harvey mean for what is one of the most environmentally important places on the continent? Laura Erickson explores.

When the worst hurricanes descend upon us, while thousands of people’s homes are still underwater and the death toll of human beings continues to climb, it can seem [read more…]

Blog Birding #335

Bobolink is one of the oddest birds in North America, so perhaps it is appropriate that its common name has an origin equally odd. Rick Wright, writing at Birding New Jersey and the World has more.

Washington Irving preserves the clearest view into this sinister reading of what seems to us a harmless and attractive [read more…]

Blog Birding #334

How do birders process the birds that they see? How do our brains go from stimulus to identification and where can it get tripped up. These are questions Jennifer Gorka seeks to answer, or at least, to think about.

Here’s a cross-disciplinary thought about how we identify birds: we seem to wrestle between bottom-up and [read more…]

Blog Birding #333

We certainly have a good idea of what an eclipse looks like, but do we know what one *sounds* like? Cornell researchers tried to find out in 1963, Marc Devokaitis at All About Birds tells the tale.

“The eclipse does not influence many of the factors which affect bird song such as time of year [read more…]

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…]

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