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Blog Birding #235

Interesting in learning about the inspiration and motivations of the ABA’s new Young Birders of the Year? At The Eyrie Jennie Duberstein shares an interview with Dess Sieburth of California on, among other things, why he took on the challenge of the Young Birder of the Year contest.

I learned a lot from participating in [read more…]

Blog Birding #234

It’s the Biggest Week in American Birding, and if your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it feels like every birder on the continent is there. Chery Harner of Weedpicker’s Journal checks in from the scene.

The Biggest Week in American Birding is actually about people. We are connecting people to nature and to [read more…]

Blog Birding #232

When you’re a birder you don’t always need to go somewhere special to be “birding”, you just do it, wherever you are, as Bill Schmoker shares from a trip to Germany at the Leica Birding Blog.

A wonderful thing about birding in a brand new region is that many (or most) of the birds are [read more…]

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…]

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