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The Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper - With Gerrit Vyn

Gerrit Vyn of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology recorded the Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the far northeast of Russia, where as few as 100 remaining pairs breed each summer. This sandpiper depends on key coastal wetlands near the Yellow Sea to fuel the long-distance migration to its wintering areas.... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  human interaction, migration, nesting

The Summer of the Coops - Watching a Cooper's Hawk Nest

One morning in April, Al Parker of the Mount Auburn Cemetery staff was fishing with his brother at Horn Pond in Woburn, Massachusetts, near the Arlington Road entrance. He heard a branch snapping on a nearby tree and he looked up at that recognizable sound and saw a Cooper's Hawk take off. The... read more »

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Muggers - How Red-necked Grebes Got the Name

Few sights are as endearing as a mother Red-necked Grebe with three stripe-headed downy chicks nestled on her back. This species breeds along the shores of northern lakes, with many other grebes and ducks, including Mallards. Red-necked Grebes are excellent divers and can swim under water, coming... read more »

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Pied-billed Grebes - With Martin Muller

Birds, while guided by instinct, seem able to adapt to specific situations. Martin Muller is an expert on waterbirds called Pied-billed Grebes. One spring day, on an urban lake in Seattle, Martin observed a pair of grebes switching roles in order to protect their young and defend their territory.... read more »

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Waterfalls, Caves, and White-collared Swifts

A flight of White-collared Swifts, huge swifts the size of small falcons, wing their way toward a small waterfall in Southern Mexico. Flying up to 100 miles per hour, they slice right through the waterfall into the cave beyond. White-collared Swifts are found from Mexico to Brazil. By day, they... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  flight, nesting

Bird Dad Awards: The Innovative, the Endearing, and the Less-Than-Admirable

On Mother's Day, we gave avian moms their due. Now it’s time for the bird dads. Just like with females, these guys employ many different strategies for raising their young. Here we present the “Father Knows Best Awards” for distinctive parenting, in honor of Father’s Day. Most Innovative Dad:... read more »

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Heron Habitat Helpers

In Seattle, in a secluded ravine just steps away from a busy ship canal, nearly 100 pairs of Great Blue Herons return each year to nest. A group of citizens called Heron Habitat Helpers has helped this colony thrive. Their president, John “Hooper” Havekotte, credits the founders, Donna Kostka and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion, nesting

Mother's Day and Parental Care

It’s nesting season again, and that coincides with Mother’s Day. Pretty soon we’ll be seeing birds feeding young. Are they all mother birds? What are the males doing all this time? You might be surprised!One of the most common misconceptions among people watching birds is that parental care is... read more »

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The BirdNote Website

This Common Yellowthroat is singing up a storm over our new website! We've been working on this for a long time. We're grateful to The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation for special funding for the upgrade. Please take a few minutes to explore. We're adding photos and videos and links to webcams almost... read more »

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Bushtits

Weighing about as much as four paperclips, Bushtits are smaller than many hummingbirds. And they take full advantage of their diminutive size. While larger insect-eaters forage on the upper surfaces of leaves, Bushtits hang beneath them, plucking all the tiny insects and spiders hiding out of... read more »

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