There’s scarcely a more charismatic raptor in North America than Northern Goshawk, and a team with the Idaho Bird Observatory and Boise State University has been doing some interesting work on the breeding biology of this fantastic species and, fortunately for us, writing about it. Rob Miller explains.
The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis; hereafter “goshawk”) [read more...]
Mia McPherson, the skilled photographer who makes her online home at On the Wing Photography, writes a bit about how photographing birds close to home is often as rewarding as photographing them at exotic locales.
When you photograph species local to your area you can spend time learning about the behavior of the birds, the [read more...]
We all have birds that seem to elude us for reasons unknown to us, some more insidious than others. Luke Musher, writing appropriately at The Nemesis Bird, offers some tips for dealing with the disappointment.
Wait. Hold the phone a minute. You thought Nemesis Bird was just a fashionable name for some know-it-all, top-notch birding blog? [read more...]
Laura Kammermeier, of Nature Travel Network asks the question that is foremost on the mind of many birders, who are the future leaders of out community, and what can we do to encourage their growth?
This burgeoning public interest is reflected in the media. Newspapers are supporting bird-watching columns in a number of states, best-selling [read more...]
Derek Lovitch, writing at Maine Birding Field Notes, shares the fascinating story of a single gull over four years, and the occasionally futile attempt at putting a name to it.
Once in a while, another Iceland Gull will spend some time at Riverbank, but they don’t tend to linger long. The bird’s behavior is also [read more...]
Common Ravens are among the most intelligent bird species in the world, and adept at acquiring food from a number of sources. But I doubt anyone expected a Heerman’s Gull to turn the tables, as documented by Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus:
Surprisingly, with no bread to be won, the Heermann’s still kept the chase [read more...]
The eastern 5/6th of the continent has been sunk into the deep freeze for much of this month, with real impacts on those birds who need to endure. At Cornell’s All About Birds blog, Charles Eldermire writes a little about the many ways in which they survive:
If you were one of the many bird [read more...]
“Krider’s” Red-tailed Hawk is one of the most beautiful and mysterious of North America’s raptors. Jerry Liguori explores the form and tries to figure out exactly where it fits taxonomically:
Before this quote, Pyle states the breeding range for Krider’s pretty accurately as “south-central Alberta-eastern Manitoba to northern CO-northwest NB, winter to Texas.” So how [read more...]
The Deepwater Horizon disaster may be in the memories of many people, but the birds are still trying to make do in an environment hammered by the oil spill. At The Eyrie, Michael Ivkov shares news of cleanup efforts and their impact on water birds:
On March 18, 2013, I arrived at the headquarters of [read more...]
The Snowy Owl news does not seem to be waning any time soon, so here’s a reminder from Kate St. John of Outside My Window that not all of these arctic waifs need our help.
Joe Monahan of Boone County, Iowa generated a heated discussion on PABIRDS last week when he urged folks to save [read more...]