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Field Notes

Female Anna's Hummingbird Preening

Living year round along the Pacific Coast of the US and into the Southwest, Anna's Hummingbirds are territorial, feisty little favorites at backyard feeders. This female was photographed perched and preening by Mike Hamilton.Check out these BirdNote shows about Anna's Hummingbirds:Who Was Anna... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography, plumage

Late Summer Shorebirds

Celebrating Shorebirds!It's late summer and all across North America, millions of shorebirds — sandpipers and plovers — are on the move. Seattle photographer Gregg Thompson has been following the annual pilgrimage for the last few years.Here's a handful of the birds he's seen. Thanks, Gregg... read more »

2019 Birds of BirdNote calendar

Featuring photos from a few of our hundreds of photo contributorsThe 2019 Birds of BirdNote calendar features images from 17 long-time BirdNote photo contributors. You can learn more about each one by clicking on the name. From Johngarp Harrison, an independent bookseller, and his... read more »

Adventure in the Galapagos July 2018

Following the path of Darwin on a natural history exploration of the Galápagos Islands, July 2018. A great trip!By any measure, the Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The sheer abundance of wildlife, the amazing volcanic setting, and the historical... read more »

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Eastern Kingbirds Feeding Chicks

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched Eastern Kingbirds feeding their chicks and shared photos of a “...sequence both amusing and interesting at the same time.The adult comes in with some food. Sometimes all of the chicks and other times just the closest beg, and the adult drops the food in their... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Red-winged Blackbirds on the Attack

What's up with this Red-winged Blackbird? He's mad as can be, and you'd better watch out, no matter what species you are! Tom Gray spotted this handsome male in Shoreline Park, in Mountain View, California.Tales abound of these birds "hitching rides" on the backs of larger birds. And what's the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Plan Your Next Birding Trip!

Planning a trip? We’ve pulled together some online resources that can help you find that special place for birdwatching—or special bird—on that family vacation across the state or that business trip to the other side of the world. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

Anna's Babies

“Judging from the comments, baby hummingbirds rank right up there with teddy bears for cuteness,” says Mike Hamilton. On a rather "bleak" day of birding, Mike happened upon someone observing an Anna's Hummingbird nest with two babies. Lucky for us! That very morning, these chicks had been... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Young people are discovering nature in Denver's urban oasis

“You don’t have to look very far to see the impact of climate change,” says 15-year-old Asher Millikan, at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge just outside Denver. Photo by Meredith Turk for BirdNote.The Arsenal was saved by birds. Now, this young woman is ready to save it again... read more »

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BirdNote Live - The Podcast!

Nearly 700 people joined us for BirdNote Live in Seattle. Photo by Tom Collins for KNKX.Birds are with us everywhere. They animate our stories, inform our art and music, and reveal startling truths about the world we share.Host Mary McCann joined with special guests Barbara Earl Thomas, Dr. J.... read more »

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