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Long-Wattled Umbrellabird and Black Solitare in Ecuador

Here is just a couple of pictures I wanted to share you of  the Long-wattled Umbrellabird and the Black Solitare. ...


The Cattle Egret Expansion

Will Raup is a birder from upstate New York who helped Corey learn a lot about birds when Corey was...


Tree swallow findings

   I was cleaning out one of my tree swallow boxes a few weeks ago shortly after the little swallows fledged, and found at the bottom an unhatched egg. Deciding to further my kn...


You Can See Her Egg!

We learned a lot about bird anatomy, at the Neighborhood Nestwatch banding on Saturday.  Did you know that … When you blow on the belly feathers of a songbird during the breeding se...


Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

The ranger stood on the dirt road, facing south, and the rest of us, scattered about the parked safari truck,...


A Life Bird. In the US. In July.

What could possibly make a fine weekend with friends even better? The title of this entry says it all. Not only did we get to spend time with Sally and Frank at their beautiful and comfor...


It’s a Myth – Isn’t It?

Rick Wright is a well-known birding tour guide, author, blogger, and general wordsmith. He was a Beat Writer here on...



Butterflies for Birders! When the birding slows down look for butterflies!

Monarch Butterfly. They lay their eggs on milkweed and their caterpillars feed on this plant.Great Spangled Frittillary on Purple ConeflowerClose-up of Great Spangled FritillaryAmerican L...


The Parakeet of City Streets, the Monk Parakeet

The squawk is unmistakable, a harsh, high-pitched cry with undertones of bass, lasting about 2-seconds, followed by a second, then...


Bird Banding At Marcy’s

Yo! says this wet northern cardinal.  She was about to be banded at Marcy Cunkelman’s last Saturday. After a week of gorgeous weather July 19 brought all day rain.  At 7:00am Bob Mu...


Emerald Ash Borers vs. Woodpeckers (and Nuthatches)

How do you solve a problem like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)? With all due respect to Maria von Trapp,...


Upcoming Events and Tours

August 1: Birding Sweetwater Wetlands with Tucson Audubon Society. August 2-9: Birding southeast Arizona with the Fontenelle Bird Club. August 20: “Owls: Prophets of Woe and Mischan...


Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2014)

This is an interesting time of year when people are coming and going while birds mostly sit still. Except, of...


New Jersey’s First European Golden-Plover

Yesterday, Saturday, 19 July, an apparent European Golden-Plover was found in a sod field in western New Jersey in Pittsdown,...


Birds Threatened by Asiatic Sand Sedge Invasion on Long Island

Steve Young of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is the coordinator of the Long Island Invasive Species...




The Helleborine

Dick Nugent pointed out — and I’ve noticed too — that this is a particularly good year for Helleborine orchids in western Pennsylvania. Dick wrote: This year we have a H...


Invasive species in Australia

In Australia we definitely have our fair share of invasive species and the main problem is that we are such...


A Woodpecker Black as a Crow

Lewis and Clark don’t get much credit nowadays for their contributions to the natural history of the Great Plains. We all know about their discoveries, of course, from black-tailed ...


Welcome to Invasive Species Week!

This is not the week for a xenophobic birder. Here at 10,000 Birds we are going to dedicate the coming...


(Sage) Grousing

Spot the greater-sage grouse. Despite the inner darkness, there have been moments of lucid light in the past few months when the birds fly into my consciousness. One of the briefest was ...