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Blog Birding #311

Despite its important place in bird-watching culture, feeding birds has been often debated. At The Spruce Blog, Lev Frid takes a detailed look at the pros and cons, and applies them to more controversial practices involving ducks and owls.

I have tried my best to share my opinion on feeding birds. While not much research [read more…]

Blog Birding #310

What drives a birder like Noah Strycker, record-setter and world-traveler? At Long Reads, Eva Holland tries to get to the bottom of it.

Though he was attempting to complete the biggest Big Year of all time, Strycker’s goal, beyond tallying a massive list, was to build something larger: to both lean on and to [read more…]

Blog Birding #309

The poor European Starling still feels like a stranger in North America despite being an established part of our avifauna for more than 100 years. Bill Thompson III of Bill of the Birds appreciates the tricksters, though.

You fooled me, trickster with your staticky singing from the pear tree in late morning a perfect call [read more…]

Blog Birding #308

The question of baiting owls seems to be a perennial one in the north. Christian Hagenlocher of The Birding Project has a complete roundup of the issue and potential solutions.

Many people have good intentions putting mice out for owls, thinking that they are starving, but that is seldom the case. Research shows that [read more…]

Blog Birding #307

Most waterfowl are truly gorgeous, particularly in their late winter finery. Bruce Mactavish at The Newfoundland Birding Blog shares his feelings about a real stunner, the male Eurasian Wigeon.

There is something about an adult drake Eurasian Wigeon that I find irresistible. The burnt orange head and silvery gray body must have something to do [read more…]

Blog Birding #306

Few birds are as evocative as a Snowy Owl, as impressive a bird as there can be in North America. At Notes from the Wildside, ABA Blog contributor Justin Cale shares his first experience.

On a cold, dreary Saturday morning, my father and I awoke at 4 a.m. in preparation for a trip to the [read more…]

Blog Birding #305

What is it about birds that we find so appealing? For each birder, there’s probably a different response, but Tom Brown, writing at 10,000 Birds, shares what resonates for him.

Perhaps it is that quirk of human behavior, the one that is always looking for a challenge, that makes the difficulty factor of finding each [read more…]

Blog Birding #304

There have been a number of Old World/New World splits approved by the AOS (formerly AOU) in recent years, one that is flying under the radar is Sandwich Tern. Yoav Perlman at Birding Frontiers offers some information on what birders should look for. Written from a European perspective, it is nonetheless useful for birders on [read more…]

Blog Birding #303

It’s the coldest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, and still we want to get out in the field. Kyle Carlson, writing at Out There with the Birds has some tips on staying warm in cold conditions.

Today I spent part of my lunch break standing along the Ohio River in blowing snow [read more…]

Blog Birding #302

We love hearing about your experiences with our 2017 Bird of the Year. Here’s one from Mia McPherson at On the Wing Photography. Keep them coming!

A few days ago the ABA announced the 2017 Bird of the Year as the Ruddy Turnstone and I couldn’t be any happier because shorebirds were my “spark” birds [read more…]

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