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Mysterious Disappearance of Evening Grosbeaks

In 1987, when Project FeederWatch began, Evening Grosbeaks were among the most common birds at birdfeeders during the Northeast winter. Now they're completely absent in many of those same areas. In the West, too, they're showing up in reduced numbers. Why have so many Evening Grosbeaks... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdfeeding, citizen science

Earth Sanctuary - Interview with Frances Wood and Chuck Pettis

Author and naturalist, Frances Wood, and BirdNote founder, Chris Peterson, recently paid a visit to Earth Sanctuary, on Whidbey Island, WA. Chuck Pettis has created this place, where birds feel welcome. And why? Chuck says, "We're losing biodiversity. This is a way of taking personal... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Bird Song ID

Roger Tory Peterson, the best known American figure of 20th Century birdwatching, offered help on birding by ear. Whenever he could, he provided a catchphrase to identify a bird's song. "Witchety-witchety-witchety" captures the song of this Common Yellowthroat. The California Quail seems to say, ... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdwatching, sound, vocalization

Cartoon Birds

At this time of year, you may see young birds making their first forays outside the nest. Despite its lack of experience, a bird must learn to fend for itself. The plight of the young bird is illustrated by this encounter between predator and prey, as a young hawk first sets out to hunt. The... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  Hollywood, humor

Cliff Swallow--Strength in Numbers

Cliff Swallows gather in spring, in nesting colonies of up to 3,700 nests. Look for swarms of them under bridges, under the eaves of barns, or even the side of your house. The swallows use mud to make gourd-shaped nests - side by side and jumbled together. Watch the video! And Cliff Swallows... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Dark-eyed Junco Pair

A female Dark-eyed Junco lands on a branch nearby, where you can admire her subtle beauty. The muted colors of her feathers. Her nearly weightless buoyancy. Her quick, bright eyes. Her tidy pink bill. Often in winter, you may see a "Slate-colored" Junco or an "Oregon" Junco. In spring, this... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs

The Red Knot returns to the Delaware Bay each May to feed. These sandpipers are on their way to their nesting grounds in the northern Arctic and stop here to refuel - their stopover coincides with the spawning of horseshoe crabs. But beginning in the 1980s, vast numbers of the crabs were... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  migration

A Baker and Farmer Help Sharp-tailed Grouse

A determined dry-land wheat farmer and a visionary baker are trying to help a bird in trouble, the Sharp-tailed Grouse. The farmer, Wade Troutman, leaves 30% of the land he farms in its natural condition. The undisturbed patches of sagebrush habitat provide cover and food for grouse and their... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Bar-tailed Godwits - With David Melville

In our autumn, Bar-tailed Godwits fly non-stop for nine days across the Pacific, to reach New Zealand from Alaska. Each spring, the birds make the trip north to breed. But this time, they stop before they reach Alaska, to refuel on the shores of northeast China and the Korean peninsula.... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion, migration

The Bubbly Bobolink

Washington Irving called the Bobolink "the happiest bird of our spring." Emily Dickinson called the Bobolink "the rowdy of the meadow" for its bubbly, jangling song. Bobolinks have declined, due to the loss of grasslands. Farmers who delay mowing their hayfields until mid-summer or later - after... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  migration

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