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Rare in Pink

I’ve seen yellow and orange touch-me-not but here’s a rare jewelweed in pink. Thanks to Marcy Cunkelman for sending this along.  It blooms in her garden.   (photo by Marc...


A wildlife-rich trip to Tennessee!

   I just returned two days ago from nearly a week in the Cherokee Nation Forest in extreme southeastern Tennessee. And what have I to report? Some neat birds, along with alot o...


America’s First Northern Pintail

There’s nothing like a flock of ducks to warm the homesick birder’s heart. Almost anywhere in the northern hemisphere, that flock is likely to include a familiar species or tw...



Birdchick Podcast #172: Birders Are Nuts

Man attacks friend with hummingbird feeder for not partying hard enough…we have all witnessed those sorts of fights as some point… Should we capitalize bird names…do we...



Loose Feathers #451

Wilson's Warbler / Photo credit: Tom Koerner/USFWSBirds and birding newsBird scaring lines can reduce albatross deaths associated with fishing operations.Scientists recently discovered fo...


Birding Bangkok? Try Suan Luang Park

When going on an overseas birding trip, many serious birders want to leave the city as soon possible in search...


Slow Down And Watch

Here’s a beautiful wildlife video of beetles and birds in slow motion. Slow down and watch. Happy Friday!   (video from Cornell Lab of Ornithology via YouTube)


Who Made That Bird a Warbler, Anyhow?

The end draws nigh. The end of the warblers as most of us know them. It’s likely to still take a year or six, but it seems as if that long-familiar assemblage known as the American ...




Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2014?

Anyone who knows me knows my favorite kind of birding: vacation birding. Enjoy your patches and your resident breeders. I’ll...


TBT: The Size of Baby Birds

On Throw Back Thursday (TBT), let’s revisit an article on the size of baby birds. Have you ever seen a tiny baby pigeon walking around with its parents? No. Why do we see baby ducks...


All my patches

Since I have started to bird by kayak, it took me a lot of time to realise that paddling is...


Upcoming Events and Tours

July 18: Informal presentation and book signing at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. August 1: Birding Sweetwater Wetlands with Tucson Audubon Society. August 2-9: Birding southeast Ariz...




Other People’s Bird Books: Going to Roost with the Birds

When I was young, we said of someone retiring early that he was “going to sleep with the chickens.” In 1784 — antedating even my long-ago childhood — the English b...


Use it or lose it?

During the decades that preceded the Iraq war there were two schools of view on how to deal with that...


Feed Me!

Early July is a great time to watch songbird families.  Many baby birds have just fledged and are still dependent on their parents for food … or they would like to be. Marcy Cunkelm...



Least Bittern at Arshamomaque Preserve

When birders way out on the east  end of Long Island reported breeding Least Bitterns at Arshamomaque Preserve in the...