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Field Notes

Owls Vocalizing in Fall

Why do owls ramp up their territorial calls during fall while most songbirds have already ramped down? read more »

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The Things That Wings Can Tell You About a Bird

One of the reasons we birders are so fascinated by our feathered friends is certainly related to their mastery of the air. They can fly and our terrestrial species has always viewed flight as an enviable, sometimes magical ability. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  flight, plumage, science

Shorebird Identification

How the heck do you tell all those peeps and sandpipers apart? To start, Dennis Paulson recommends a bimodal approach. read more »

"Birds in Art"

Walk in to an art gallery and chances are good that you'll see a piece or two inspired by birds.We at BirdNote have wanted to dedicate a page on our website that features the beauty and diversity of art inspired by birds. So when we heard from Woodson Art Museum about their annual "Birds in Art"... read more »

Spring Creek Forest Preserve - Throughout the Year

Justin Pepper of Audubon Chicago Region offered this photo journal of activity throughout the year at Spring Creek Forest Preserve.Spring Creek Forest Preserve, Cook County, IllinoisStep #1: Remove invasive weeds!Here's how you do it!Into the ground they go!Monarch butterfly caterpillarPrairie... read more »

American Robins - Drunk and Disorderly!

Yesterday, there was a ruckus of robins in the bitter cherry trees along the road. There were a couple dozen birds, and they were louder than typical with lots of sharp squawks. I walked over for a better view and watched a robin flying up to a branch that held another robin. To my surprise, the... read more »

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The Summer of the Coops - Watching a Cooper's Hawk Nest

One morning in April, Al Parker of the Mount Auburn Cemetery staff was fishing with his brother at Horn Pond in Woburn, Massachusetts, near the Arlington Road entrance. He heard a branch snapping on a nearby tree and he looked up at that recognizable sound and saw a Cooper's Hawk take off. The... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Wildfire Benefits Many Bird Species

Wildfire Benefits Many Bird SpeciesFire season is in full swing, and some of the mega-blazes have proven nearly unstoppable. Audubon reporter Nick Neely looks at what happens after the flames die down and wildlife returns to burnt areas.In 1969 the Ad Council produced a Smokey the Bear campaign... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ecology

A Series of Encounters

It's rather amusing to think about the summer solstice in the Pacific Northwest. Here in Seattle, we don't consider it summer until after the Fourth of July. Yet many of the breeding birds are done singing by then, having had at least one brood. Many of us have grown up with these strange,... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

Birding and Recording at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

May 31st – June 3, 2012What a sanctuary Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is! The U. S. Fish and Wildlife brochure begins by saying, “One of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge protects a vast complex of wetlands in Oregon’s high desert. The... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdwatching, recording

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