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Blog Birding #252

With so many options for places to learn about birds, both online and off, where do we send beginners that won’t overwhelm them? Carrie Laben at 10,000 Birds solicits advice.

As my faithful readers know, I have a long-standing fascination with helping (and, at times, inadvertently confusing) interested non-birders – those who are entering the [read more…]

Blog Birding #251

Swainson’s Warbler is ghost for many, plain and skulky in the dense vegetation it calls home. It’s a real experience to see one well, as Stephen Hannington at The Accidental Birder did at the Rio Grande Festival last week. But, of course, there’s sometimes more to the story…

Quite unlike the living jewels so typical [read more…]

Blog Birding #250

Are you a birder? Or are you one of those poor deluded souls not quite ready to take the plunge. Wendy Clark at Out There With the Birds, has some signs that may force you off the fence.

Your email address and/or Twitter handle contain a bird reference.

You know what a “birding bra” is, [read more…]

Blog Birding #249

Noah Strycker did it! He met his goal of 5,000 species in one year with two months left to go. Can he hit 6000?

“What if it’s some drab flycatcher?” said Nicky, suddenly. “Or a bush-warbler? Oh man, what if it’s a bush-warbler?” That such a milestone might forever be represented by an unexciting [read more…]

Blog Birding #248

The song of the Wood Thrush echos through eastern forests the warmer months, the sign of spring for many birders. The species has also been the subject of a number of high tech research, which has shed some light on their, er, promiscuity, as Gwen Pearson of Wired shares.

Some results were expected: Female thrushes [read more…]

Blog Birding #247

The collection of a Mustached Kingfisher on Guadalcanal has elicited passionate responses against and in favor of scientific collecting. Duncan Wright at 10,000 Birds offers his thoughts.

This collection isn’t some ghastly memorial or symbol of human stupidity. It’s a scientific collection, and has and is used by scientists to expand what we know about [read more…]

Blog Birding #247

The folks at Florida Keys Hawkwatch had an exceptional day this past weekend, breaking the world record for Peregrine Falcons seen in one day, obliterating the previous high count (from the same hawkwatch in 2012). Rafael Galvez breaks down the exceptional day.

October 10, 2015 was an incredible, magical day when 1506 migratory Peregrine Falcons [read more…]

Blog Birding #246

Congo Peafowl is a ghost bird, living in a difficult area to access and difficult to find once there. At Nature Travel Network, Laura Kammermeier relays the story of a recent, and successful, quest to finally find one.

The Congo Peafowl, therefore, is “one of the most elusive animals on earth.” This might very well [read more…]

Blog Birding #245

Sorry for the garbled post that went out earlier today. Evidently, something went funky between composing the post and publishing it. Everything should be fixed now.


Being the spouse of a birder can be thankless, it can be maddening, it can also be hilarious. Danette Collins shares 10 things she’s learned from [read more…]

Blog Birding #244

Are Big Years “fair”? What with the ever-changing vagrants, the increasing role of non-natives, and the use of technology as a crutch, Jochen Roeder at 10,000 Birds says no. But he has some ideas to fix that.

Big Years are an inherently unfair competition for a variety of reasons. Of course they have nothing to [read more…]

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