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Field Notes

Snipe Hunt!

Gregg Thompson went hunting for good photos of shorebirds in the rich wetlands of Juanita Bay, east of Seattle. He found several Wilson’s Snipes showing off their hunting skills.Cryptic brown, tan, and gray markings can make a Wilson’s Snipe hard to find in wet, open habitats like these mud flats... read more »

We sent our reporter out to find a rare species... the teen birder

Elisa Yang loves birds, and she won’t take no for an answer.By Shahla FarzanToday we’re taking you back to high school, to meet some teenage birders. They’re a species rarely seen in the wild. It’s kind of hard to be a teen birder. You’re most likely the only one in your school. And if you... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

Red-tails Get Mobbed

For several weeks, avian photographer William Jobes chronicled the events at and near the nest of a pair of Red-tailed Hawks in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. When he first discovered the nest, a single fledgling of a few weeks old was the sole offspring occupant. Both adults were active in and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting, photography

Canada Geese Caption Comments

BirdNote Facebook fans are so clever! We asked for a caption to this photo by Mike Hamilton of two Canada Geese, and here's what our fans came up with: read more »

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Topics & Themes:  humor, photography

A Trick of the Light . . .

Anna's Hummingbirds sparkle with iridescence... with their emerald green back and hot pink throats — known as gorgets. But wait! Catch them in a certain light, and the sparkle goes away, or entirely new and vibrant colors appear. The microscopic structure of the feather barbules — not pigments —... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

2018 Birds of BirdNote Calendar

The 2018 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.As an independently funded and produced program, we rely on the support of our listeners to pursue our mission. Thank you!BirdNote stories – joyful... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Costa Rica with BirdNote, March 20 - April 1, 2018

Costa Rica, March 20 - April 1, 2018 - Join us as we team up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to visit Costa Rica!View the entire itinerary and sign up here.Small, friendly, and close to home, Costa Rica is one of the world’s premier birding destinations. With habitats ranging from lowland... read more »

Adventure in the Galapagos

Follow the path of Darwin on a complete natural history exploration of the famed Galápagos Islands, July 6-15, 2018.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 »

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 »

American Wigeon, A Painting by Barry Kent MacKay

American Wigeon ... one of three species sharing the common nameIn the United Kingdom, the name is spelled “widgeon”, with a “d”, but the spelling used by the American Ornithologists Union “official” checklist of birds drops the letter “d”. Either way, there are three species sharing the name:... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ornithology

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