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Field Notes

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

Long-tailed Duck: Little Known Duck of Many Secrets!

The Long-tailed Duck is not widely known outside birdwatching circles. But what a wonderful duck it is. Found only locally at certain times of the year, and with an oddly goofy, human-like voice, the otherwise elegant Long-tailed Duck has some interesting departures from "normal" duck biology... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

A Raven, On Snow

Regular photo contributor, Gregg Thompson, visited Mount Rainier in Washington State, hoping to find White-tailed Ptarmigan in their pure-white winter plumage. He didn't find any. Actually, the first bird he saw –- and only when he returned to the parking lot -- was this Common Raven. But the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

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