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Field Notes

Red-tailed Hawk Juvenile Stops to Preen

Seattle-area photographer Mike Hamilton spotted this young Red-tailed Hawk, taking a moment to preen. What a sight! Thanks, Mike! read more »

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Wild Goose Chase - Birding in the Netherlands

BirdNote team member Adam Sedgley and his wife had the opportunity to relocate to Paris for nine months. Here he tells of his birding adventures in the Netherlands in early March 2013.Yeah, it’s cliché, and I am certainly not the first birdwatcher to use, or perhaps abuse, this phrase. But when... read more »

Bad Pictures of Good Birds

I stared out the window, trying to quell my anxiety. Bald Eagles held sentry over every field, and rain was imminent. Sodden gray clouds made it impossible to tell that the North Cascades arched just to the east. Chasing vagrant birds makes me anxious. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding

Converting Pastures to Forest in Hawai'i

BirdNote producer John Kessler writes about spending a day in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge with Jack Jeffrey. For more than 25 years, Jack was the senior field biologist there and has overseen the restoration of thousands of acres of natural forest vital to the endemic birds of the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ecology

The Skinny on Dippers

Brendan McGarry reflects on an aquatic songbird, the American Dipper. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

California Clapper Rail Study by the USGS

Book researcher, freelance writer, and photographer Ingrid Taylar was on hand in January 2009, when a US Geological Survey team from the Western Ecological Research Center arrived to band and radio-tag the remaining thousand or so California Clapper Rails in the Bay Area. Here's her story. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  science

What Listeners Are Saying About BirdNote

Four listeners share why BirdNote is important to them. Whether you are a new listener, a web visitor, or already a donor, your support is very important to us. We depend upon people like you. Help us to spread the message of bird conservation in 2013. read more »

When Birds and Buildings Collide, Part II

A description of a day rescuing and recovering migrating birds, with Annette Prince, Director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors read more »

When Birds and Buildings Collide, Part I

A Day Rescuing and Recovering Migrating Birds-- With Annette Prince, Director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors Part I: Rescue – On the Streets of Downtown ChicagoFall and spring, hundreds of thousands of migrating birds collide with glass buildings in downtown areas. On Sunday, October 21,... read more »

Too Many Doves?

Too Many Doves?    I recently did a post called Mourning Doves by the Numbers, which had some interesting stats in it, like one that states that Mourning Doves can breed up to 6 times each summer. Being from the Chicagoland area, I like to say that they "breed early and breed often"!All... read more »

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