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Blog Birding #380

Ron Pittaway’s much-anticipated Winter Finch Report for the winter of 2018-2019 is out, and it looks like it’s going to be a good one in the east.

This is an irruption (flight) year for winter finches in the East. Cone and birch seed crops are poor to low in most of Ontario and the Northeast, [read more…]

Blog Birding #379

At The Nemesis Bird, Tim Healy tells the take of a particularly excellent New York pelagic.

Pelagic birding trips appeal to my inner explorer. Searching for wildlife on the high seas offers a special kind of thrill, an opportunity to break from more typical, terrestrial efforts and visit a realm beyond the boundaries of humanity’s [read more…]

Blog Birding #378

In this season of migration Larry at The Brownstone Birding Blog urges birder not to take the birds they do see for granted when seeking out birds you might see.

One of the advantages of using eBird is that you can look to see what people are seeing in the area and then go [read more…]

Blog Birding #377

At Avian Hybrids, a fascinating look at hybridization of sharp-tailed sparrows by Jente Ottenburghs.

Hybridization can work as an evolutionary stimulus. For example by transferring beneficial genetic variants from one species to another. This process, adaptive introgression, has been described for numerous taxa, such as butterflies and snowshoe hares. However, examples in birds are [read more…]

Blog Birding #376

Some fascinating insights on indigenous bird names by Jessica Gorzo at Avian Ecologist.

As I’ve been researching Indigenous bird names from what is currently known as North America, I’ve also been reading a book from a very different part of the world: Mount Bosavi, Papua New Guinea. It’s a musicology text, written by an [read more…]

Blog Birding #375

Birdchick, aka Sharon Stiteler, writes that the first step towards a life in birding is as simple as noticing birds.

Over the years as all sorts of passions have come about, it feels like we share our passions. Though I may not get why my adult friends are obsessed with going Disney World every [read more…]

Blog Birding #374

We don’t always think of woodpeckers as a troublesome taxonomic family, but at Avian Hybrids, Jente Ottenburghs suggests that maybe we should.

Let’s start in North America. Here, you can find one of the best studied avian hybrid zones, namely the one between red-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) and yellow-shafted flicker (C. a. auratus). The [read more…]

Blog Birding #373

Most birders might take for granted the fact that some of our most common birds have some of the more unusual and interesting behaviors you can find anywhere in the world. Dave Brown at Birding Newfoundland seeks to shed a little light.

Most people are familiar with the thievery exhibited in gulls and other seabirds. [read more…]

Blog Birding #372

Will Ford writes a non-birder’s guide to dating a birder at Outside Magazine.

My greatest birding accomplishment remains spotting a pack of endemic fowl crashing through underbrush in Borneo, making loud, chicken-like noises. I spotted them because I didn’t have binoculars and was limited to looking only at the ground. Jessie gave me a [read more…]

Blog Birding #371

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty reviews eBird’s new protocols for National Wildlife Refuges.

For anyone visiting a refuge with multiple hotspots (e.g., most refuges), the new functionality allows one to easily create a bar chart for the entire refuge. There is no longer a need to manually include each hotspot that is specifically identified as [read more…]

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