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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…]

Blog Birding #301

It’s an ambitious attempt, to try to break the record for species of gulls seen in one day at one site, but Brandon Holden of Peregrine Prints if going to try for it around the Niagara Falls region of Ontario. He lays out his strategy here. Check back to see how successful he was.

This [read more…]

Blog Birding #300

Seen and heard birds both provide opportunities for mistakes of different sorts. The cryptically named “mbalame” has more at North Coast Diaries.

Bird ID by sound can be tricky, in part, because many sounds can be imitated. We imitate owls. Jays imitate hawks. Starlings imitate all sorts of things. Then there are all those nearly-the-same [read more…]

Blog Birding #299

In this season of bird feeding it’s important to remember the obligation we owe to our feathered tenants, to keep the feeders clean to limit the spread of disease. Ron Dudley at Feathered Photography offers some illustrative reasons for doing so.

Several years ago when I was new to bird photography I would often practice [read more…]

Blog Birding #298

Our time in nature is wonderful for the birds we enjoy, but also for the fellow travelers we meet, as Justin Cale reflects at Notes from the Wildside.

I continued my walk down the wide path that would eventually become the wall of a dam. Breathing in deeply, I couldn’t help but smile as I [read more…]

Blog Birding #297

A recent journal article published in Science Advances suggests that the number of critically endangered bird species in the world may be far higher than we are aware of. John Platt at Extinction Countdown has more.

According to the paper, hundreds of bird species in six of the world’s most biodiverse regions have much smaller [read more…]

Blog Birding #296

Birding can be rewarding for both its intensity and its solace, at 10,000 Birds Patrick O’Donnell seeks the second.

I told him I had seen an Ovenbird. He immediately said, “I was making cookies the other day and they got burned. So, so, you think that Ovenbird had something to do with it Pat?” His [read more…]

Blog Birding #296

There are many ways to identify a bird, and, as Steve Tucker writes at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds, there are just as many ways to misidentify one, too.

Birds are still getting misidentified by the truckload. Maybe we’ve been going about it all wrong? Maybe some birders actually do not want to identify birds, they [read more…]

Blog Birding #295

Birds and large-scale advertising campaigns are often a train wreck of epic proportions. Nick Lund, The Birdist, explores a new crime against ornithology from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is coming out with a new Golf with some thing called Alltrack that I guess makes it better for driving outside or something, and they’re promoting it with a [read more…]

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