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Blog Birding #316

What happens with a neotropical migrant has a run-in with an intransigent bivalve? Donna Schulman at 10,000 Birds has the remarkable story.

Early evening I returned to the Nature Center. A group of newly arrived birders were searching for the Prothonotary, missing in action. Fortunately, Eric Miller and Lisa Scheppke, Queens birding colleagues, arrived and [read more…]

Blog Birding #315

Birders are often travelers, subject to the many vagaries of air travel. Experienced flyer Bill Thompson III offers some tips on making the most of your airport time at Bill of the Birds.

Today I’m trying to fly to Portland, Maine from Columbus, Ohio. But the travel demons are afoot and the only flight [read more…]

Blog Birding #314

The idea of rows and rows of dead animals is one that doesn’t necessarily sit well with many birders, but the role that museum collections have played in our understanding of natural history cannot be understated, as Duncan Wright explains at 10,000 Birds.

You’d be hard pressed to find a 19th century scientist more despised [read more…]

Blog Birding #313

Last week bird researcher and field guide author Chandler Robbins passed away just shy of his 99th birthday. At the US Fish and Wildlife Service Blog, the organization that employed him for decades, offers a remembrance.

“Chandler Robbins was the ‘dean’ of the bird conservation world, one might say,” says Jerome Ford, assistant director for [read more…]

Blog Birding #312

Owl ethics are a hot topic in the birding internet these days, and Jeremy Bensette, at Jeremy Birder, shares his strategy for finding owls on his big year.

I think it’s worth first addressing the topic of owl ethics, suppressing sightings, and why I asked that people do not post strong opinions. Why suppress owl [read more…]

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…]

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