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Field Notes

Canada Geese Caption Comments

BirdNote Facebook fans are so clever! We asked for a caption to this photo by Mike Hamilton of two Canada Geese, and here's what our fans came up with: read more »

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Topics & Themes:  humor, photography

2018 Birds of BirdNote Calendar

The 2018 BirdNote calendar is here! Give $120 or more — or sign up for a gift of $10 a month or more — and we’ll send you a copy with our compliments (while supplies last).As an independently funded and produced program, we rely on the support of our listeners to pursue our mission. Thank you... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Costa Rica with BirdNote, March 20 - April 1, 2018

Costa Rica, March 20 - April 1, 2018 - Join us as we team up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to visit Costa Rica!View the entire itinerary and sign up here.Small, friendly, and close to home, Costa Rica is one of the world’s premier birding destinations. With habitats ranging from lowland... read more »

American Wigeon, A Painting by Barry Kent MacKay

American Wigeon ... one of three species sharing the common nameIn the United Kingdom, the name is spelled “widgeon”, with a “d”, but the spelling used by the American Ornithologists Union “official” checklist of birds drops the letter “d”. Either way, there are three species sharing the name:... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ornithology

Black Turnstones Head South

Black Turnstones are back at Alki! It's mid-August and Gregg Thompson is photographing Black Turnstones returning to the Puget Sound area for the winter. And he's trying to sort through the group, studying different plumages and ages. Most of these birds are adult non-breeders or adults coming... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

Ben Mirin, a.k.a. DJ Ecotone

Tweets into beats:We asked Wildlife DJ Ben Mirin to remix our theme songSound artist Ben Mirin travels the world collecting the sounds of nature.His energy is incredible. Ben, better known as DJ Ecotone, takes the sounds he finds and remixes them into frenetic, electronic compositions — he’s a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  recording

Caspian Terns Tussle

At the Everett Marina in northwestern Washington State, photographer Gregg Thompson witnessed a serious squabble between two Caspian Terns: “This was on feeding grounds, and there were lots of birds in the same area. These two guys kept going at it. Lots of screeching. Stopped fighting and then... read more »

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Chickadees Fledge!

Dasha Gudalewicz lives east of Seattle and followed this little family of Black-capped Chickadees.Someone's hungry...Help arrives on the sceneVery tasty. Still hungry...Satisfied for the moment...Good thing, because somebody else is hungry!Just in time!Takin' a break.No wonder the adult chickadee... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Meet the Birds of the Boreal Forest

Alberta      1) Great Horned Owl; 2) Short-billed Dowitcher; 3) Common RedpollAlberta's portion of the boreal forest comprises 8% of the entire forest and is larger than Sweden. The Great Horned Owl is Alberta's provincial bird, and an estimated 13% of the species' North... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Birding in Norway - Summer Solstice

Finally Full-on Spring in TromsøTromsø had an unusually cold May, even for here, and the returning migrants were all a few weeks later than usual.  The birches, the dominant trees here, were largely bare still in early June, and the temperature was 5°C. Then, a wonderful period of what we... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding

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