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Field Notes

Tweets 'n' Squawks: Learn How to Identify Birds by Song

Nothing signals spring quite like singing birds. As the length of days increase, male birds begin to sing to protect their territories from neighboring males and advertise their presence to nearby females. In spring, those males are vibrantly colored and may be easy to see, because they... read more »

Topics & Themes:  birdwatching by ear, sound, vocalization

Cedar Waxwing Fledglings

Cedar Waxwings eat predominantly fruit, especially in winter. As is the case with fruit-eaters, their distribution is unpredictable and largely dependent on the location and abundance of fruiting plants like serviceberry and mulberry (in summer) and mistletoe and madrone (in winter). Their... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

Cedar Waxwings - Berry Gobblers

On a winter day early in the new year, Gregg Thompson found Cedar Waxwings busy at a favorite job - eating berries. He took full advantage of a break in the weather with good light to catch the birds stuffing themselves. Gregg describes them, ". . . just a lot of gobbling. Man, these guys can... read more »

Topics & Themes:  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 »

Topics & Themes:  plumage

Crows and Ravens - Who's Who? Let's figure it out!

Out of the 810 species of North American birds, only crows and ravens are completely black. But they have much more in common than color. Along with their cousins, the magpies and jays, they’re among the smartest birds on the planet. But which is which? And who’s smarter? Let's check it out. And... read more »

Topics & Themes:  birding

Pileated Woodpecker roosting holes

Photographer Gregg Thompson had a stroke of good fortune. He wrote:In late September, I noticed a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers on this tree trunk. It was too late in the year for them to have any chicks, and after I read a bit, I decided this was a roosting tree. It could have been a nesting site... read more »


Celebrating "National Wildlife Refuge Week"

National Wildlife Refuge Week - October 13 - 19, 2019White Reddish Egret © Joanne KamoGreen Jay     © Joanne KamoThe Green Jays of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge - Listen NowPectoral Sandpiper     © Joanne KamoThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -... read more »

South African Adventure, Autumn 2021?

Due to COVID-19, this trip has been canceled. But we hope to make the trip in 2021. read more »

2020 Birds of BirdNote Calendar

Featuring some of the photos from a few of our hundreds of contributorsBirdNote stories – joyful, positive, and packed with facts – share every amazing detail of birds’ lives. They connect us and inspire us to care.And every day, members of the BirdNote corps of photographers bring the stories to... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

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 »

Topics & Themes:  birdfeeding, gardening