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Field Notes

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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The Kids Are Growin' Up

Summertime — and this year's baby birds are growing up. Mike Hamilton's camera has found themunfurling new feathers, practicing essential skills, and sometimes . . . looking a little confused by it all.[We've named the birds below their pictures, so you can guess what they are. Have fun!]This... read more »

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Eastern Kingbirds Feeding Chicks

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched Eastern Kingbirds feeding their chicks and shared photos of a “...sequence both amusing and interesting at the same time.The adult comes in with some food. Sometimes all of the chicks and other times just the closest beg, and the adult drops the food in their... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Red-winged Blackbirds on the Attack

What's up with this Red-winged Blackbird? He's mad as can be, and you'd better watch out, no matter what species you are! Tom Gray spotted this handsome male in Shoreline Park, in Mountain View, California.Tales abound of these birds "hitching rides" on the backs of larger birds. And what's the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

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