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BirdNote Moments for February 2014

Black Rails by Night II - Written by Bob SundstromAnd now, a BirdNote Moment![Black Rail calling, using the “kee-kee-doo” type calls]As the February moon rises over a Louisiana marsh, a peculiar sound breaks the nocturnal silence.  [Black Rail calling] It’s the call of a Black Rail. [Black... read more »

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Bald Eagles - Falling from the Sky!

Gregg Thompson recently photographed a pair of Bald Eagles tangling talons in a rural area outside Seattle. In an act of aggression, the eagles fly high up in the air, lock talons, and spin toward earth, releasing one another just before they hit the ground. If you think this is dizzying,... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  flight

Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy!

Two years after a Snowy Owl irruption, those of us in the Northeast are once again in the midst of one. And this might be the biggest invasion yet.Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy. These days, that's definitely my favorite tune. This new year has begun, just as 2013 ended … with... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, photography

What Is a Seahawk?

The first Seattle Seahawk to storm the field during home games isn’t the head coach or the quarterback -- it isn’t even human. It’s Taima, a captive-bred Augur Hawk that has accompanied the team before every home game since 2007.She is a beautiful representative of a species from the aridlands of... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  humor, sports

Hooded Mergansers - Getting Frisky

It's winter, but many species of ducks are already preparing for spring.Nearly all ducks are seasonally monogamous, forming pair bonds with new partners every year. Go to your local pond, lake, or beach during the winter, and you may be lucky enough to see male mergansers, goldeneyes, or... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  breeding display

Mississippi Flyway Stand-out Species: Kirtland's Warbler

Pacific Flyway:Calliope HummingbirdCentral Flyway:Whooping CraneMississippi Flyway:Kirtland's WarblerAtlantic Flyway:Wood ThrushOver the last three weeks, BirdNote has highlighted special birds in each of the North American flyways: Wood Thrush in the Atlantic, Whooping Crane in the Central, and... read more »

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Pacific Flyway Stand-out Species: Calliope Hummingbird

Pacific Flyway:Calliope HummingbirdCentral Flyway:Whooping CraneMississippi Flyway:Stay tuned!Atlantic Flyway:Wood ThrushBirdNote is sharing special birds from each of the four North American flyways during the month of December.Last week, we brought you the tallest bird in North America, the... read more »

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Central Flyway Stand-out Species: Whooping Crane

Pacific Flyway:Stay tuned!Central Flyway:Whooping CraneMississippi Flyway:Stay tuned!Atlantic Flyway:Wood ThrushEvery Tuesday during the month of December, BirdNote is highlighting beloved birds and places in each of the four North American flyways – the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific... read more »

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Atlantic Flyway Stand-out Species: Wood Thrush

Pacific Flyway:Stay tuned!Central Flyway:Stay tuned!Mississippi Flyway:Stay tuned!Atlantic Flyway:Wood ThrushEvery Tuesday during the month of December, BirdNote will highlight beloved birds and places in each of the four North American flyways – the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific –... read more »

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In Celebration of the Wild Turkey

In 1784, that wise old Ben Franklin groused to his daughter, after the fact, about the choice of the Bald Eagle as our national symbol:For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  history

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