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    Blog Birding #205

    Fall is peak rarity season, so birders should brush up on their responses to finding rare birds. Fortunately, Lucas Bobay at The Birder’s Conundrum is ready to provide you with that important information.

    It’s been far too long since I’ve met a good rarity.  I have found myself moping around campus, dragging my feet with [read more...]

      Blog Birding #204

      Birding in fall often means seeking out the nearest fruit-bearing tree and waiting for awhile. Laura Erickson sings the praises of her local fruit-eating birds.

      Lovely as flying waxwings are, I love being where they set down for a spell in convivial feeding groups. Of course, there are degrees of conviviality. There can be 20 [read more...]

        Blog Birding #203

        Migrating birds have it tough. Not only do that have to traverse thousands of miles in difficult conditions, they also occasionally have gulls picking them off like flies on a window when they cross the Great Lakes, as Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus documented recently.

        The assumption here is that the passerines migrate over the [read more...]

          Blog Birding #202

          Tis the season for southbound movement, and few birds do it do visibly as hawks. Laura Erickson writes about her experience watching migrating raptors at Hawk Ridge.

          We did keep a count of non-raptors up at the Lakewood Pumping Station—we called that Dawn Dickey Duty—but again, although our team was about as skilled as any [read more...]

            Blog Birding #201

            Birds don’t have much in the way of a sense of taste, with the notable exception of hummingbirds, which have a famous sweet tooth. Ed Yong at National Geographic’s Not Exactly Rocket Science explains how the ability to taste sweet things was lost, and then re-found, in that one specific family.

            In 2004, the chicken [read more...]

              Blog Birding #200

              Great Black-backed Gulls are massive and brutish, but aging y0ung birds are require a practiced eye. Amar Ayyash of Anything Larus looks at juvenile and 1st summer GBBGs.

              My short semi-annual runs to the East Coast are usually just enough time for me to visit the most popular gull hangouts between Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay [read more...]

                Blog Birding #199

                Birders and birding organizations are always thinking about the best way to attract new birders to the fold. Laurence Butler, at Butler’s Birds and Things has a, shall we say, original concept.

                There are initiatives underway to increase urban birding, and with that, diversify birder demographics. Qualifying species as ‘endangered’ can help with protection, but [read more...]

                  Blog Birding #198

                  BirdWatcher’s Digest has started a new multi-author blog that should be worth paying attention to called Out There With The Birds. A recent post by Sophie Webb about her time off the California coast is an early highlight.

                  In the spring, the days at sea can be long. Depending on what the ship is doing, [read more...]

                    Blog Birding #197

                    Sharon Stiteler, known far and wide as Birdchick, is covering the important case of the Minnesota Vikings, whose brand new stadium looks to be something of a mess for migratory birds.

                    I’m not a big fan of petitions but this is a rare case where I think we need as many signatures as possible. Even [read more...]

                      Blog Birding #196

                      Birders have watched closely the rapid increase in the number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in North America, from the rare winter stray to an increasingly common summer resident in the north. Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus, may have hit the motherload last week, however, with an impressive concentration of the species in Wisconsin.

                      On Friday, [read more...]

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