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Field Notes

Birding in Norway - 70 Degrees North

Wim Vader, a birder of many years, writes about the birds he's seen in Tromsø, Norway, in 2017:                    4 January — Here at 70°N, we have had almost too much weather. December was warmer than... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

A Merlin "Warbles" - An Angel-wing Stretch

Early in December, photographer Gregg Thompson made a trip to Edison, a small town on the Samish Flats, north of Seattle. He was looking for a Merlin. And he found it, fairly low in a tree next to the road.  Gregg said, “There are three or four coniferous trees in the center of town where... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  behavior

Long-tailed Duck: Little Known Duck of Many Secrets!

The Long-tailed Duck is not widely known outside birdwatching circles. But what a wonderful duck it is. Found only locally at certain times of the year, and with an oddly goofy, human-like voice, the otherwise elegant Long-tailed Duck has some interesting departures from "normal" duck biology... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

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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Topics & Themes:  photography

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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Topics & Themes:  birding, sound, vocalization

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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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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