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Blog Birding #236

At The Eyrie, Steve N.G. Howell starts what looks to be a great series on the how and why of a field notebook.

Young birders (YBs) are sponges that absorb all sorts of information, ask questions, and never seem to tire out – although they can certainly exhaust the adults who work with them! I’ve [read more…]

Blog Birding #235

We all know the recuperative power birding can have, even if it’s a small experience that can turn a bad day into a good one. At eBird, Kelley Nunn and Robin Huff share some wonderful stories about how their own interest in birding, and eBirding, has kept them going through difficult time.

The neurologist I [read more…]

Blog Birding #234

That Peregrine Falcons are impressive predators is no surprise, but it’s always fun to see them doing what they do, as David Sibley experienced recently at a tern colony in New York.

While I was at Great Gull Island, New York, July 3-5, two different Peregrine Falcons were passing through the tern colony. I never [read more…]

Blog Birding #242

It’s baby bird season, and David Sibley has some thoughts about identifying them when their parents aren’t around.

Birds are busy this time of year, trying to raise a family (or two or three) and then get ready for fall migration, and it all goes so fast. The young birds are full-grown just a few [read more…]

Blog Birding #241

Truth told, our birding failures often out-number our birding successes by a large margin, so it’s a good thing there’s always something to learn from a nemesis, as Justine Hausheer shares at The Nature Conservancy’s Cool Green Science.

The only word running through my head isn’t fit for print. This was my one chance to [read more…]

Blog Birding #240

A recent Nazca Booby in southern California was widely described (even here) as the ABA Area’s 2nd, but there is another Nazca Booby that came before that few know about, and none saw. Adam Searcy at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds gives the scoop.

As most of you know, the collective blood pressure of many Common [read more…]

Blog Birding #239

Often birding feels like urban adventuring, finding the unexpected in the most pedestrian of places. But there are times when birding is real-deal, off the beaten track, adventuring in search of scientifically important discoveries, and Nathan Pieplow and Andrew Spencer of Earbirding did just that in Mexico.

It’s not every day that you photograph and [read more…]

Blog Birding #238

With breeding in full swing for most North American bird species, there are bound to be conflicts between those birds who tend to nest where people want to be and, well, those people. Plovers tend to be the poster species for this sort of thing, and Laura Erickson shares some stories from her experiences with [read more…]

Blog Birding #237

The spring warblers are supposed to be the easy ones, colorful and vocalizing, but leave too David Sibley to find one that doesn’t quite tick all the boxes for any one species. He explains at his blog.

What I saw was not what I expected, however. Instead of the uniform gray head and dark face [read more…]

Blog Birding #236

One of the wonderful things about birding is that people can appreciate in a million different ways. Are you a lister? A conservationist? A patch-worker? At The Nemesis Bird, Drew Weber ask what kind of birder are you?

While everyone has a strong opinion on the best ways to get into birding and learn the [read more…]

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  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 2 of 5. July 27, 2015 3:31
    A field notebook is, well, what it says: a notebook you carry in the field (in my case, 24/7 in my pocket, with 2 pens), where you can write down birds as you see them. It’s the raw data of your field journal. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? (Part 1 of 5) July 26, 2015 2:35
    Young birders are sponges that absorb all sorts of information, ask questions, and never seem to tire out – although they can certainly exhaust the adults who work with them! I’ve been involved with YB events for 15 years now, and in 2013 I was a judge for the field notebook module of the ABA […]
  • The Warbler Guide App Review June 11, 2015 3:46
    The Warbler Guide, published last year, was an incredible work of writing on the identification of North American wood-warblers. One of its stand-out features was how well integrated it was with online and digital content. Consequently, I was not terribly surprised when it was announced that they were going to be developing an app. […]

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