Birding North America

Hitler misses a hoary redpoll | video

Thumbnail image for Hitler misses a hoary redpoll | video by Grrlscientist 16 January 2013

SUMMARY: If Hitler had been a bird watcher, how might he have reacted to not being the first person to see and photograph hoary redpolls in Colorado recently? If Hitler had been a birder in the United States, this is what may have happened when the hoary (Arctic) redpoll was recently spotted by someone else [...]

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Spreading The Magic of Birding.

Thumbnail image for Spreading The Magic of Birding. by Gunnar 4 June 2012

Spreading the birding gospel is necessary. A crowd of birders such on the photo is not a bad thing. Gunnar Engblom argues that there is a birder in all of us, and that festivals such as the Biggest Week of American Birding can convert the Muggles to find the magic of birding.

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World Series of Birding Movie

Thumbnail image for World Series of Birding Movie by Gunnar 12 May 2012

I have arrived at Cape May after a lovely week at the Biggest Week of American Birding.  Many lifers, both birds and birders. Lifers were Greg Miller, Kenn and Kim Kaufman, Dawn Fine, Linda Rockwell, Doug Gochfield, Birdchick, Mark Beaman, Adrian Binns, Mike Watson, Lena Samsonaenko, Nemesis birders, etc.  Also several year ticks such as Jeff [...]

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Featured Bird Photographer blogger ~She gets down and dirty

Thumbnail image for Featured Bird Photographer blogger ~She gets down and dirty by dAwN FiNe 22 April 2012

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and bird photographer. Birds fascinate, delight and intrigue her which is why she devotes many hours learning about them, observing their behavior and photographing them. By learning more about each subject, she can anticipate their behavior and create opportunities to obtain better images of those species. Mia enjoys sharing her photos, photographic skills and techniques with those individuals who are serious about their own bird and wildlife photography.

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Sh*t birders say – for non birders

Thumbnail image for Sh*t birders say – for non birders by Gunnar 7 April 2012

Viral birding . There have been pretty amazing few days lately checking out how Jason Kessler’s short 3 min video about birding talk has gotten 40,000 views as I write this (10 days later).  I think the video could reach a far larger audience, so I have asked people if they would pass this on [...]

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Learning North American Birds (in Europe)

Thumbnail image for Learning North American Birds (in Europe) by DaleForbes 29 January 2012

You know those people who look at something once and the info is glued in to their brain, seemingly permanently? I am not one of those people. I forget stuff as soon as I do not use/practice it. I love languages and birding, but neither of them are like riding a bicycle (at least not [...]

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Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands – a Winter Snapshot

Thumbnail image for Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands – a Winter Snapshot by Rich Hoyer 17 January 2012

Rich Hoyer reports on a morning bike ride to Tucson’s premier birding hotspot, Sweetwater Wetlands.

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James Currie ~On National Geographic WILD

Thumbnail image for James Currie ~On National Geographic WILD by dAwN FiNe 17 January 2012

Great news Via The American Birding Association Blog The National Geographic WILD TV network is debuting Aerial Assassins, hosted by James Currie on Friday, January 20, 2012. The new hour-long show delves into the Sonoran Desert to track Harris’s Hawks. A former wildlife wrangler, Currie also hosts, Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV, the first bird-watching travel show [...]

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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

Thumbnail image for Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey by Alex Vargas 1 January 2012

If you ever find yourself in New Jersey, don’t you dare to think no good birding is available, ’cause not far from downtown, you can visit the Great Swamp… a sweet birding area with cool drives, trails and lots of birds! I visited guided by the experienced Jane Kendall, who kindly took me around after [...]

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Searching Among Saguaros and Shindaggers for Skippers

Thumbnail image for Searching Among Saguaros and Shindaggers for Skippers by Rich Hoyer 25 October 2011

Rich Hoyer finds some nice birds and bugs while searching for a rare skipper back home in Arizona.

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The Big Year interviews

Thumbnail image for The Big Year interviews by Gunnar 5 October 2011

Interviews with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black on the make of The Big Year It is a bit comforting to know that in these interviews none of the actors, although completely new to birding, mocks it. Yes, they do find it a bit odd and an obsession, yet they rave about the scenery [...]

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The future of birding

Thumbnail image for The future of birding by Gunnar 29 September 2011

What is the future of birding. Are big days or big years really that interesting to people in general? Can birding really become main stream, and will listing be interesting enough for masses of people? Did you ever wonder why there are more hunters in the world than birders? Why are there more people interested in fishing than in birding? For all I know, there are probably even more stamp-collectors than birders.

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Manitoba in June

Thumbnail image for Manitoba in June by Rebecca Nason 23 June 2011

  Well my apologies ;-( I  know I have been a rather illusive participant in ‘birdingblogs’ in recent weeks, in fact I feel my feet have barely touched the ground since our Lesvos tour back in early May! However, finally I’m back in my coastal Suffolk abode and have managed to free up a little [...]

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These Featured Bird Bloggers of the Month~like to do it together

Thumbnail image for These Featured Bird Bloggers of the Month~like to do it together by dAwN FiNe 3 June 2011

Howdee all, How was spring migration for you all? We just finished three weeks of intense birding. One week in West Virginia at the New River Birding and Nature Festival, and two weeks in Ohio for The Biggest Week in American Birding. ~Migration Magic.~ If you have never been to Magee Marsh and the surrounding [...]

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Journal Club: Sparrows show us a new way to have sexes

Thumbnail image for Journal Club: Sparrows show us a new way to have sexes by Grrlscientist 25 May 2011

I’ve always loved white-throated sparrows, Zonotrichia albicollis. Not only are these handsome birds the sister species to my own dissertation bird, the white-crowned sparrow, Z. leucophrys, but I think they are among the most fascinating bird species in the world. In fact, I am so captivated by this species that the chance to pursue my [...]

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Dendroica Farewell: new classification for the American warblers.

Thumbnail image for Dendroica Farewell: new classification for the American warblers. by Kenn Kaufman 24 May 2011

Dendroica, we hardly knew ye. Here in northwest Ohio (Warbler Capital of the World) we have been awash in beautiful, colorful, sprightly American warblers (family Parulidae)  for the last several weeks.  I’ve been so busy looking at actual birds, and talking to actual birders, that I haven’t kept up with news from the ornithological world, [...]

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Oregon in Spring Tour 2011

Thumbnail image for Oregon in Spring Tour 2011 by Rich Hoyer 19 May 2011

I’m in the middle of my seventh Oregon in Spring tour – 10 days of exciting birding from the coast to the mountains to the desert. But there just aren’t enough hours in the day to also blog, so I’ll leave you with just this photo of a male Rufous Hummingbird that perched below eye [...]

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Fearless Marsh Birds at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas

Thumbnail image for Fearless Marsh Birds at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas by Rich Hoyer 10 May 2011

This past weekend I led field trips for the second biennial Gay Birders of North America meeting. Based in Beaumont, Texas, we had about 45 people divided among four vans for three days of all-out birding. I helped lead the trips to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, where I’ve never seen Least Bitterns and other secretive [...]

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Featured~Poet~Bird Blogger of the Month

Thumbnail image for Featured~Poet~Bird Blogger of the Month by dAwN FiNe 6 May 2011

Dawn Fine presents Kathie Brown of Kathie’s birds as this month’s birdblogger. Kathie is a fanatic ebirder, blogger and poet. She has build a good number of fans since she started blogging in 2004. A narrative flow, poetry and great photos makes it a very solid blog. One of the best.

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Digiscoping with an iPhone – Northern Pygmy-Owl and Greater White-fronted Goose

Thumbnail image for Digiscoping with an iPhone – Northern Pygmy-Owl and Greater White-fronted Goose by Rich Hoyer 26 April 2011

Who knew you could get such sharp images with an iPhone? On the Big Day I did for the Tucson Audubon Society‘s birdathon this past Saturday, I took this shot of our stakeout White-fronted Goose by holding my iPhone up to my binoculars. I didn’t know how good it would turn out, given that the [...]

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