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Field Notes

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 »


Cruise the Amazon - With BirdNote!

Travelers enjoyed a fabulous trip, January, 2017 - BirdNote teamed up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to cruise the Amazon River basinView the entire itinerary here.The Amazonian region boasts the highest diversity of birds and plants anywhere in the world. The very word “Amazon” brings to mind... read more »

Notes from the Field ... Your Notes!

We asked what your relationship is to birds, what they add to your lives. Here are some answers –Here's an audio postcard from Vancouver, Washington:White-crowned Sparrow by Jerry McFarland, Flickr Creative CommonsTeddy P. tells us: I provide a heated birdbath from below freezing to consistent... read more »

Topics & Themes:  recording

Send Us a Postcard ... Drop Us a Line...

We want to hear from you!Do you have a cool story about birds and your connection with them? If so, we'd love to hear from you. You don't have to be a bird expert, although if you are, that's OK, too. The main thing is — we'd love to know what inspires you about birds and why. Which ones? Do they... read more »

Double-crested Cormorant Goes Fishing

Gregg Thompson took these photos in December 2015 at a fishing pier in Edmonds.A rockfish is caught from the briny deep...How to swallow something so prickly?First, get eye to eye with lunchCleverly flip it into position...Going the right way — down the hatchGulp...Now a quick wash and dry after... read more »

Topics & Themes:  hunting

Seattle Audubon's 100th Birthday

 The power of birds, 100 years onBirdNote began as a project under the auspices of Seattle Audubon, and this year Seattle Audubon is turning 100 years old! Seattle Audubon believes there’s something magical about birds. No matter who you are, birds reveal something about the beauty and... read more »

Travel to Panama – With BirdNote

It was a great trip in September, 2016 - BirdNote teamed up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to escape to paradise in Panama – one of the premier destinations for birding and adventure in the Neotropics.Experience….    The dawn chorus from the Canopy Tower above the treetops in the... read more »

Peregrine Falcons in Italy

BirdNote photo contributor, Paolo Taranto, lives in Bologna, Italy, where he follows several families of Peregrine Falcons.An adult male Peregrine Falcon sits atop San Petronio in the old town of Bologna, in the center of the city.Perching on a ledge at the bell towerAn adult female Peregrine... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

Woodpeckers - Some of Nature's Finest Drummers

Yikes! What's that bird doing, pounding on my house? In early spring, a male flicker may drum on a metal stovepipe or other resonant surface – a pole, a sign, the trunk of a tree – attempting to attract a mate and proclaim his territory. Many other woodpeckers do the same. Let's look at a few...A... read more »

Topics & Themes:  breeding display

A Tale of Hummingbird Etiquette

Artist and writer Beth Surdut listens to ravens and has paddled with alligators in wild and scenic places. She also knows about proper etiquette when encountering the smallest, fastest bird in the desert...This story starts with bird droppings. But before I go any further, if you have a penny and... read more »

Topics & Themes:  human interaction, reflection