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Field Notes

A Raven, On Snow

Regular photo contributor, Gregg Thompson, visited Mount Rainier in Washington State, hoping to find White-tailed Ptarmigan in their pure-white winter plumage. He didn't find any. Actually, the first bird he saw –- and only when he returned to the parking lot -- was this Common Raven. But the... read more »

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The Sounds of Nine Special Birds

Can't get enough bird sounds? Enjoy a full minute of beautiful sounds of Cerulean, Golden-cheeked, Swainson's and Kirtland's Warblers, plus the Piping Plover, Lark Bunting, American Golden-Plover, Black-capped Vireo, and Olive-sided Flycatcher, recorded throughout North America, from Texas to... read more »

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Interaction between two Red-tailed Hawks

Mike Hamilton was birding at Sikes Lake near Carnation Farm, outside the town of Carnation in Washington State, when he spotted a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk flying low over some Cackling Geese in a field. read more »

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BirdNote in Cuba, April 18-29, 2017

It was a great trip! This special trip, arranged exclusively for supporters and listeners of BirdNote, offered a unique opportunity to experience the culture, birds, and nature of Cuba, through a collaboration between Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and International Expeditions and its People-to... read more »

Red-tails at Play?

Photographer Mike Hamilton spotted these Red-tailed Hawks — one adult and one juvenile — east of Seattle. Play or serious business? Probably play, but you can decide.###Mike spotted another interaction between Red-tails last year. Check it out.Learn more and see photos and videos of Red-tailed... read more »

First-Year Birds

Mike Hamilton spotted these young birds late this summer. Most are in Washington State; two are in Texas. How many can you identify? -- Answers at the bottom.Birds are, from top to bottom: Steller’s Jay, Northern Cardinal, Western Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Osprey, Tree Swallow, Anna’s... read more »

BirdNote Theme Song - Where Did it Come From?

Since BirdNote debuted in February 2005, many listeners have asked about the source of our theme music. What is the name of the piece? Where is it from? How can I purchase it?It may surprise you to learn that the BirdNote theme is not a snippet from a longer piece. It was composed especially for... read more »

Great Blue Heron - Lunch and a Bath!

Dine and dash? Nope, dine and splash!Photographer Mike Hamilton spotted this Great Blue Heron as it ate -- and then cleaned up. Patiently watching, waiting...Taking a stab at it...Nailed it - a tadpole!But now, what a mess!Soak it...Shake it off!Lunch and a bath... Life is GOOD!***Listen to... read more »

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Q&A with Drew Lanham

The Story Behind Rules for the Black BirdwatcherA Q&A with Drew Lanham, by Jenn DeanWhen Clemson professor and wildlife biologist, Dr. J. Drew Lanham, agreed to do a video for BirdNote, we had no idea of the reach the story would have. Based on a column that originally appeared in Orion... read more »

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Drew Lanham Talks About "Rules for the Black Birdwatcher"

When Clemson professor and wildlife biologist, Dr. J. Drew Lanham, agreed to do a video for BirdNote, we had no idea of the reach the story would have. Based on a column that originally appeared in Orion Magazine, “Rules for the Black Birdwatcher” sparked a conversation that continues a year and... read more »

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