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Field Notes

An Osprey Goes Fishing

The Osprey is the only North American raptor to eat fish almost exclusively, and it's well adapted to do so. To help grip its slippery prey, the talons of the Osprey have barbed pads and a reversible outer toe with two (extremely sharp) talons in front and two in back — unusual among birds of... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Travel with BirdNote to Texas Hill Country

Join us April 10-18, 2019, as we team up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to visit the Texas Hill Country!-> View the full itinerary and sign up here! <-In a state brimming with natural history and cultural attractions, few regions of Texas hold greater allure than the famed Hill Country... read more »

Black Oystercatchers

A few summers ago, photographer Gregg Thompson followed a Black Oystercatcher family near the Tsawwassen Ferry dock outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. Look at the way they change as they grow!# # #All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission.Check out this story... read more »

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5 Things to Do for Birds in the Autumn – And One Thing for Yourself!

 Autumn ... Feels like a new year.We all remember the feeling of starting back to school at the end of summer. A serious change of scenes and seasons. And there's a lot to be done for the birds, too. With winter coming on, think of what you can do to help...1. Clean out your nestboxes.It's a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdfeeding, gardening

Celebrating "National Wildlife Refuge Week"

National Wildlife Refuge Week - October 14 - 20, 2018Lots of Free Activities Across the Country!What Are You Doing to Celebrate?Green Jay     © Joanne KamoThe Green Jays of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge - Listen NowPectoral Sandpiper     © Joanne... read more »

Female Anna's Hummingbird Preening

Living year round along the Pacific Coast of the US and into the Southwest, Anna's Hummingbirds are territorial, feisty little favorites at backyard feeders. This female was photographed perched and preening by Mike Hamilton.Check out these BirdNote shows about Anna's Hummingbirds:Who Was Anna... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography, plumage

Vultures! Nature's Clean-up Crew

In celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day, 2018!King Vulture © Patricia van Casteren                                 ... read more »

Late Summer Shorebirds

Celebrating Shorebirds!It's late summer and all across North America, millions of shorebirds — sandpipers and plovers — are on the move. Seattle photographer Gregg Thompson has been following the annual pilgrimage for the last few years.Here's a handful of the birds he's seen. Thanks, Gregg... read more »

2019 Birds of BirdNote calendar

The 2019 BirdNote calendar is here! Give $120 or more — or sign up for a gift of $10 a month or more — and we’ll send you a copy with our compliments (while supplies last).As an independently funded and produced program, we rely on the support of our listeners to pursue our mission. Thank you... read more »

Adventure in the Galapagos July 2018

Following the path of Darwin on a natural history exploration of the Galápagos Islands, July 2018. A great trip!By any measure, the Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The sheer abundance of wildlife, the amazing volcanic setting, and the historical... read more »

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