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Field Notes

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

Autumn – And Eagles and Ospreys – In Massachusetts

When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head.- William BlakeFor the last few weeks we've been enjoying a new discovery, Heard Pond in Wayland, Massaschusetts. The movie On Golden Pond could have been filmed here. It's that kind of landscape. You almost expect Henry... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, photography

Banding Birds at Puget Sound Bird Observatory

Suzanne Tomassi, vice president of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory,talks about the rhyme and reason to banding birds...One of the benefits of banding, which is a mark-recapture technique, is that it gives us the opportunity to assess “vital rates,” measures such as survival rate, recapture... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  science

Creative Landscaping Captures Run-off

Joanna Buehler moved into her home on Lake Sammamish east of Seattle in 1987. The entire subdivision had been scraped clean and not a single tree or bush existed. She put in minimal landscaping at first – mainly grass seed and a few trees - and later added western red-cedar, coastal redwood, Doug... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion, gardening

Rescuing CeCe the Gull

We received an interesting story from BirdNote listener, JoLee Wingerson, in Boulder, Colorado. She wrote about the rescue and rehabilitation of a Ring-billed Gull, nicknamed "CeCe." Read more:On Saturday, July 20, at a reservoir in Boulder, Colorado, a number of people approached an adult gull... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  human interaction, rehabilitation

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