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Field Notes

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Night Stalker

 The enigmatic Black-crowned Night-Heron is an intriguing predator. During the day, this easily overlooked bird does nothing at all except stand perfectly still, while resting on a half-submerged log. Unlike its more active relative, the pterodactyl-like Great Blue, a giant among herons, it... read more »

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American Dipper Juvenile Goes for a Caddisfly Larva

Photographer Mike Hamilton was exploring Tokul Creek east of Seattle late in the summer ...... when he spotted this juvenile American Dipper.Watching, waiting...It's in here somewhere.Taking the plunge!And it's a ... caddisfly larva!Down the hatch!###All photos © Mike HamiltonListen to these... read more »

Northern Harrier - The Marsh Hawk!

The Northern Harrier is the only member of the genus, Circus, found in North America, where it occurs in all continental states and Canadian provinces. All the harriers are very similar structurally, being lean and long. They have long, rounded wings, long tails, and a characteristic “facial disk... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding

Birds at Mid-summer

What's Going On with the Birds?We often call the solstice "Midsummer," but it's actually only the beginning. August 1st is – strictly speaking – Midsummer. So what's going on in the bird world now? Like the week in Lake Wobegon, it's been mostly quiet. For the most part, the birds have stopped... read more »

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Kingfisher Perches

For better and for worse, humans can have a huge impact on the lives of birds. One positive impact for Belted Kingfishers is that some road building and digging of gravel pits has created banks where the birds can nest and thus allowed the expansion of their breeding range.* But increased... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge - Adventure Awaits!

If you’re eager to explore for birds and other wildlife, a trip to a national wildlife refuge could be just the thing! There are more than 500 of these wild places in our National Wildlife Refuge System. No state is without them, and as Americans, we own them all. The refuges are managed by the... read more »

Oriole Nests - Avian Works of Art

The nest of nests, the ideal nest, is unquestionably that of the Baltimore Oriole.        ~ John BurroughsMaybe. But all the orioles found in the United States – nine species in all – have pretty cool nests. Check these out!Baltimore Oriole    ... read more »

Meet the Sungrebe!

     Sungrebe female © Allan Hopkins                                        ... read more »

The Cowbird Story, Revisited...

You may have heard the story of the Brown-headed Cowbird evolving its habit of "nest parasitism," due to the bison, wandering the prairies. BirdNote science advisor, Dennis Paulson, has a different take on the matter. He writes:The bison story obviously has great currency, as I’ve heard it from... read more »

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Cedar Waxwings - Spring Courtship

Frequent photo contributor, Gregg Thompson, writes:"I recently ran into a flock of Cedar Waxwings that seemed to be acting differently than I have seen before. At first, I noticed two individuals on a branch, and one would sort of sidle up to the other one."Cornell's Birds of North America Online... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  breeding display, photography

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