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Field Notes

Capturing a Special Moment: Mating American Avocets

The American Avocet is a beautiful shorebird that's found in ephemeral wetlands of the United States, mainly west of the Mississippi, south through Central America. (Ephemeral wetlands are seasonal ponds that are wet only seasonally or only in wet years.)The elegantly curved bill — inspiration... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Chandler Robbins, In Memoriam

Chandler Robbins, July 17, 1918 – March 20, 2017A Long Life, Well LivedA tribute by Rick WrightIn December 1956, on the remote south Pacific atoll of Midway, a US Geological Survey ornithologist banded a female Laysan Albatross.Wisdom, as she has come to be known, is still alive more than six... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  history, ornithology, recording

Creating a Garden Paradise for Birds - And Humans

A Top Ten Guide —1. If you plant it, they will comeSelect native plants for your gardenNative Plants Attract Native BirdsBirds and BerriesHummingbird HavenOctober Planting for WildlifePileated ApplepeckersRobins and Berries in Winter 2. Variety is the spice of lifeA variety of food sources... read more »

Travel with BirdNote to Big Bend National Park

Join BirdNote and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours on an Amazing Trip: Big Bend National Park, Cibolo Creek, and the Davis Mountains, August 24 - September 2, 2017You heard about Big Bend National Park from Alex Chadwick. (Check out those stories here.) Now, you can travel there yourself, in August... read more »

Cedar Waxwing Eating Berries

Photographer Gregg Thompson provided these photos of a Cedar Waxwing enjoying a wintertime meal in Magnuson Park in northwestern Washington State.Now to get that berry stem in the right position...A successful snack!Another look at that unique wing-tip wax:All photos © Gregg ThompsonListen to a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

An Elegy to the Elephant Bird

Elephant BirdAepyornis maximusIn 1658, the French governor of Madagascar described a giant birddwelling in the island's remote reaches. Over ten feet tall,the bird weighed a thousand pounds and laid the biggest egg on record:over a foot long and equal in volume to seven ostrich eggs,180 chicken... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

Northern Harriers in Winter

Photographer Gregg Thompson captured these photos of Northern Harriers on the Samish Flats in northwestern Washington State.The female...And the male...Thanks, Gregg!###Listen to BirdNote stories about Northern Harriers:Sky Dancing - A Rare SightHow Birds' Names ChangeNorthern Harrier and Barn... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Searching the BirdNote Show Archive - By Family!

There are more than 1400 shows archived on the BirdNote website. But how do you begin to find the one you're looking for? You can use the search bar, top right, to find shows about your favorite bird —perhaps it's the Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Bald Eagle, or Swainson's Thrush.And there's... read more »

Birding in Norway - 70 Degrees North

Wim Vader, a birder of many years, writes about the birds he's seen in Tromsø, Norway, in 2017:                    4 January — Here at 70°N, we have had almost too much weather. December was warmer than... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

A Merlin "Warbles" - An Angel-wing Stretch

Early in December, photographer Gregg Thompson made a trip to Edison, a small town on the Samish Flats, north of Seattle. He was looking for a Merlin. And he found it, fairly low in a tree next to the road.  Gregg said, “There are three or four coniferous trees in the center of town where... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  behavior

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