Birding attracts naturalists, but also writers too, as if there something about the pastoral avocation that is so appealing to those who look for inspiration in unusual places. At Literary Hub, Katherine Towler explores.
With birds I have found another way of being in the world. The time devoted to watching birds is about nothing [read more…]
Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers are notorious for their penchant for interbreeding, but the upcoming publication of a study in Current Biology clarifies the relationship between the two “species”, and forces us to question what we think about these birds. Gustave Axelson explains at All About Birds.
In many ways, Golden-winged Warblers and Blue-winged Warblers [read more…]
The Wilson versus Audubon debate has raged for decades, but Rick Wright of Birding New Jersey and Beyond makes the case for the lesser-known artist, and his busy, but carefully considered, plates.
It’s one of the great commonplaces in the age-old Wilson vs. Audubon debate: Wilson’s birds are more “accurate,” but the aesthetic value of [read more…]
In a fine piece of writing, Neil Gilbert of Obsessive-Compulsive Birding writes of an opportunity to bird at a time when opportunities had been lacking.
It has been a challenging summer, full of headaches induced by excessive screen time and bewildering Greek notation that I haven’t encountered since Calculus class years ago. I’ve learned a [read more…]
Shorebird season is on the horizon, and many birds are already heading back south. Time to get reacquainted with some of the more common migrants like Solitary Sandpiper, as Tom Johnson lays out at View from the Cape.
Solitary Sandpipers are small members of the genus Tringa, the same genus that includes the yellowlegs and [read more…]
Pokemon Go is a full-scale phenomenon right now, and many birders have noted the similarity to our own hobby of seeking and finding. Anna Fasoli at The Nemesis Bird goes deep.
The parallels to birding are uncanny. In a nutshell, you are on a quest to find these adorable yet intriguing creatures, and some of [read more…]
Summer birding is upon us, and monsoon season in the southwest shortly to come.Cassidy Gratton, writing at Bourbon, Bastards and Birds pens a fine tribute to this wonderful time of year.
Already, the seeds of cumulus clouds are above us. They will grow steadily throughout the day. The monsoon is a slow and relentless clock, [read more…]
Warbler watching season is coming to a close, as the birds have mostly found their way to dense stands of boreal forest, or southeastern swamps, or western mountainsides, but Al Batt, excepted at Out There With the Birds, still suffers from warbler neck.
I assume the warbler-watching position—feet spread comfortably, binoculars tipped towards the tops [read more…]
I admit that I’m a sucker for pelagics, the ocean is an incredible ecosystem that is too infrequently surveyed by birders. Alex Lamoreaux describes a trip to the deep water of Maryland at The Nemesis Bird.
As soon as it was light enough to view the sea around us, the tiny shapes of Wilson’s Storm-Petrels [read more…]
What’s the deal with the gonydeal spot on the bills of gulls? It serves several a couple purposes, not least of which is as a useful field mark for several species. Amar Ayyash of Anything Larus explores this tiny spot of color on a nearly uniformly black, white and gray group of birds.
The gonydeal [read more…]