House Sparrows are known for their versitility. After all, few other species manage as well as they do in degraded habitats. But Jim McCormac of Ohio Birds and Biodiversity found a new spot for them, tucked into the branches of an Osprey’s nest.
The male sparrow brings in a load of dried vegetation to add [read more…]
Birdathon season is upon us, and Big Days will soon be run across the continent seeking out the biggest and best numbers for their regions. Some folks at Mass Audubon offer a rundown of some of the =more difficult species to find, at least in Massachusetts.
Last year, Team Drumlin Farm squeaked out a win [read more…]
Many of us have been working for years on the issue of encouraging people of diverse backgrounds to get involved in birding and outdoor hobbies. It’s a tough nut to crack for a lot of reasons, particularly since these are communities that can be enriched by those experiences and can enrich those of us who [read more…]
When a strange bird shows up that doesn’t quite seem like any species, do we pull the hybrid card too often. Steve Tucker at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds thinks the “Hybrid Theory” is invoked too often.
The problem remains the same: birders will default to calling a bird a hybrid if it does not fit [read more…]
There’s good bird writing, and there’s good writing that involves birds. This great piece from Cassidy Gratton at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds is definitely the latter.
The officer guarding us plays good cop. ‘So, you do a little weed once in awhile? A lot of people do, its no biggie.’ I don’t really hear him. [read more…]
Birders love the National Wildlife Refuge system, not only because they offer great places to birds, but also because the habitat protected there means birds are better off in the other places we can find them, too. Jason Crotty, writing at 10,000 Birds, explains why birders need to get deeply involved in issues regarding public [read more…]
The question of how to encourage non-game species conservation has been a nut birders have been trying to crack for some time. John Fitzpatrick at Cornell has some interesting thoughts on the matter, at All About Birds.
Landmark public-private funding vehicles were later enacted to provide federal assistance for habitat acquisition and for state conservation [read more…]
Dave Irons wades into the blogging pool at Water Cooler Birder, and he opens up his web presence with a fine take on whether birding festivals are worth it, both in terms of time and money. If you’re on the fence, give it a read.
Most of those who ask this question of me are [read more…]
Las Vegas is not the first place one thinks of when considering a birding hotspot, but Jeff Bouton of Leica Birding Blog can find birds anywhere, even right on the strip.
With most of the easy and expected species out of the way, I’d have to work harder now and use intuition. I had a [read more…]
Immature Accipiters trip up even experienced birders from time to time, and Goshawks more than most, particularly in places where they’re unusual. Jerry Liguori has a field mark your young Gos, shared at Hawkwatch International‘s blog, that might prove useful at certain angles.
One trait that is unpublished (or maybe I have, can’t remember) that [read more…]