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A Gyrfalcon Takes a Pigeon out of the Sky!

In late February, 2014, photographer Gregg Thompson visited a grain silo near Vancouver, British Columbia, where a Gyrfalcon has spent the winter. Actually, Gregg spent several days there, hoping to take a photo of this dashing predator as it catches one of the many pigeons that roost in the silo... read more »

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Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy!

Two years after a Snowy Owl irruption, those of us in the Northeast are once again in the midst of one. And this might be the biggest invasion yet.Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy, Let It Snowy. These days, that's definitely my favorite tune. This new year has begun, just as 2013 ended … with... read more »

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Comparing Chickadee Calls

In the Pacific Northwest, you might see both Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees at your birdfeeder. The Chestnut-back (seen here) sounds different from the Black-capped Chickadee. The call of the Black-capped follows the familiar “Chick-a-dee, dee, dee” pattern. But the call of the... read more »

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16-Year-Old Aaron Gyllenhaal Sets New Birding Record

Aaron Gyllenhaal is only 16 years old, but he can identify more than 1,000 species of birds! In October 2013, Aaron set a new record, having observed more than 276 species in a single year in Cook County, Illinois. Such an accomplishment requires perseverance. Finding a Lapland Longspur, like... read more »

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Autumn – And Eagles and Ospreys – In Massachusetts

When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head.- William BlakeFor the last few weeks we've been enjoying a new discovery, Heard Pond in Wayland, Massaschusetts. The movie On Golden Pond could have been filmed here. It's that kind of landscape. You almost expect Henry... read more »

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Marilyn Webb: A Bird Convert

In the spring of 2012, Marilyn Webb just happened to catch BirdNote on the radio. “It drew me in,” she recalls. Marilyn was so intrigued that she tuned in the next morning. By the following day, she had purchased a bird book and couldn’t wait to hear the next episode.Marilyn and her husband Dean... read more »

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Savor the Sight of Migrating Birds

In the United States and Canada, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is celebrated in May. Justin Pepper of the Audubon Chicago Region shares his insights about this special time of year, when birds like this Blackburnian Warbler are on the move. “It’s awe inspiring to realize that our... read more »

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Celebrating 50 Years and One Rare Bird at Wenas

The song of a Western Meadowlark rings out across the eastern slope of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Come Memorial Day weekend, members of Audubon and friends will celebrate 50 years of gathering at the Wenas Campground to welcome the birds and wildflowers of spring. Two hundred and fifty-seven... read more »

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A Rainbow of Bee-eaters

At Mole National Wildlife Reserve in northern Ghana, wildlife abounds! An elephant breathes. An aardvark’s home is plainly visible. A Blue-breasted Kingfisher calls. Zakariah Wareh, a park ranger, says, “Watch the sky. You’re going to see something you will never forget.” Suddenly, an exquisite... read more »

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Bad Pictures of Good Birds

I stared out the window, trying to quell my anxiety. Bald Eagles held sentry over every field, and rain was imminent. Sodden gray clouds made it impossible to tell that the North Cascades arched just to the east. Chasing vagrant birds makes me anxious. read more »

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