The massive storm currently brewing in the Bering Sea, Nuri, seems to have dropped some birds on western Alaska. On Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutians, a Dusky Thrush was found visiting a feeder in the town of Unalaska, prompting a search for more interesting birds.
The search paid off big time with the discovery [read more…]
This coming spring, we will have what may be for many of us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see more than 100 of the watercolors John James Audubon prepared for his Birds of America, the original art from which the plates of that most famous of American picture books were engraved. In 1863, Lucy Audubon, impoverished [read more…]
On the afternoon of November 9, Lee Sliman, a volunteer at Nestucca Bay NWR, found what appears now to be a Tundra Bean-Goose among a flock of Cackling Geese at the refuge in Tillamook, Oregon. The report was confirmed by birders later, and for the last two days the bird has been seen by many [read more…]
Let’s have some fun. Without any preamble, let’s take a look at five great bird photos. Here goes:
1. This is sick, as the kids say. A Red-footed Booby in hot pursuit of a fenestrated naffwing. Look at how the booby’s right wingtip is cutting the surface of the water. This is more [read more…]
The music of birdsong has inspired humans for as long as we’ve been able to make music ourselves. Laura Erickson contemplates that connection between us and the birds, and how similar it really is.
On October 23, NPR’s All Things Considered ran a story about the mockingbirds in New Orleans. One of the 4-note phrases [read more…]
The National Museum of Wildlife Art, located in Jackson, Wyoming launched contest today in conjunction with a new bird-focused exhibit called “A Parade of Plumage“. The exhibit focuses on the engravings of Francois Nicolas Martinet, a prolific engraver in the 1700s. The museum was the recipient of 102 prints by Martinet, created for the Histoire [read more…]
Novembird has arrived, and with it a nice haul or really great birds continent-wide. After a relatively slow early fall, California is seeing a strong and vagrant-rich last few weeks. Arguably the bird of the fall so far for that state is an extraordinary Olive-backed Pipit (ABA Code 3) found in Orange. This is California’s [read more…]
This coming weekend several friends and I are heading out to eastern North Carolina in an attempt to put on our own version of a Rarity Roundup. The Rarity Roundup, a loosely coordinated event in which birders scour potential vagrant hotspots in their state during a lucrative time of the year, usually November, is an [read more…]
The Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival is a highlight of the year for scores of birders across the continent, and for good reason. Combine one of the most exciting hotspots in the ABA Area with an organizational marvel that is the planning team in Harlingen and you’ve got the makings of a phenomenal time among [read more…]
With the arrival of autumn, birders are beginning to plan for their next adventures, or their Big Year. Several questions are bound to be fresh in their minds: “Where should I go next? How am I getting there? Where will I stay?” One travel question may be less obvious. “Who will help me if I [read more…]