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Field Notes

Hardy Birds - Mergansers

Even on a frigid winter day, a wander along the Potomac brings unexpected rewards. January can offer one of the more exceptional sightings: Hooded Mergansers. I watched a pair working the slower channels of the river and marveled at not only their appearance, but their toughness in fishing hour... read more »


BirdNote Founder and Executive Producer Announces Retirement

Learn more about the Chris Peterson Fund for Creative StorytellingWhen the idea for BirdNote struck Chris Peterson in December, 2002, she spent two years assembling the ingredients for success: a talented team, a visionary board, solid financing, access to a rich trove of bird sounds, and a... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Robert W. Hines, Talented - and Self-taught - Wildlife Artist

Bob Hines was an extremely talented - and self-taught - wildlife artist. Hines turned to art as a way to share the wonders of nature during the tough times of the Great Depression. His real career started in Ohio, working for the state, but by the late 1940s he joined the US Fish and Wildlife... read more »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »