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Blog Birding #231

Winter is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that Project SNOWstorm is going to stop following Snowy Owls. Scott Weidensaul checks in with what to expect as those geo-tagged birds start making their way northward.

Although it’s been more than a week since the last post, we’ve been really busy — and so [read more…]

Blog Birding #230

Here’s a bit more on the response (or more specifically, the response to the response) to the Jonathan Franzen climate essay in The New Yorker, this time from writer and wildlife activist Chris Clarke at Coyote Crossing.

Say you’re a person passionately concerned about African wildlife, and in particular the plight of the white rhino, [read more…]

Blog Birding #229

It’s the lump news that rocked the birding community, though it’s been sort of expected for some time. Are the redpolls, Hoary and Common, two species or, as it seems, just one? Victoria Campbell at All About Birds breaks down the research.

The Hoary Redpoll is one of those hard-to-get lifelist-adds that can turn birders [read more…]

Blog Birding #228

Feeding birds is aften referred to as the “gateway drug” to birding, and it can be dangerous business as Sharron McInness relates at Bird Canada.

I’ve been feeding the birds in my backyard ever since that morning eight years ago when I noticed several black-hooded birds hopping around the overgrown garden of our new home [read more…]

Blog Birding #227

The jaunty bobbing tail of a phoebe, any phoebe, is a familiar sight to nearly every birder in North America. But why do they pump their tails? David Sibley has an answer.

Lots of birds have a habit of pumping (or wagging) their tails. It’s mostly open-country birds like phoebes, wagtails and pipits, Palm Warbler, [read more…]

Blog Birding #225

Beach-goers and beach birders are all too familiar with the occasional wrecked seabird, and this time of year, when the last of winter can break those birds already on a razor’s edge, is a peak time for it. Mike Crewe at View from the Cape tells you what you need to know.

It seems likely [read more…]

Blog Birding #224

Some birds are particularly suited to this time of year, with a number of strategies for surviving the lean month. At Cornell’s All About Birds, Victoria Campbell shares information about North America’s four nuthatches and how they manage.

Winter is the perfect time to observe how nuthatches earned their common name, as they jam large [read more…]

Blog Birding #223

As the winter moves on, there’s a ton going on at Project SNOWStorm as they continue to add owls to their tracking study. Scott Weidensaul has more.

Thursday night was a busy one around here — four of our newest cohort of owls checked in, as well as two of last winter’s returnees.

Let’s start [read more…]

Blog Birding #222

The great burden of birders is to constantly have to fight the common usage of “seagull” by our non birding friends and family. But few gulls deserve that kind of disrespect, and Carrie Laben, at 10,000 Birds, seeks to find the most interesting gull in the world.

My first instinct was that the rarest gull [read more…]

Blog Birding #221

For those that followed the Snowy Owl irruption and Project SNOWstorm last winter, note that the campaign continues this winter. There are certainly fewer Snowy Owls this winter, but as Scott Weidensaul shares, the information they’re receiving about them is even more amazing the second time around.

Braddock spent last winter on and around Lake [read more…]

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