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Nature's Goggles - Nictitating Membranes

They're there and then they're gone — literally in the blink of an eye!The nictitating membrane is a “third eyelid” that extends from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. You may see it when a bird (like this Black Vulture) – or certain other creature – blinks. Thinner and more... read more »

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Cedar Waxwing Fledglings

Cedar Waxwings eat predominantly fruit, especially in winter. As is the case with fruit-eaters, their distribution is unpredictable and largely dependent on the location and abundance of fruiting plants like serviceberry and mulberry (in summer) and mistletoe and madrone (in winter). Their... read more »

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Cedar Waxwings - Berry Gobblers

On a winter day early in the new year, Gregg Thompson found Cedar Waxwings busy at a favorite job - eating berries. He took full advantage of a break in the weather with good light to catch the birds stuffing themselves. Gregg describes them, ". . . just a lot of gobbling. Man, these guys can... read more »

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2020 Birds of BirdNote Calendar

Featuring some of the photos from a few of our hundreds of contributorsBirdNote stories – joyful, positive, and packed with facts – share every amazing detail of birds’ lives. They connect us and inspire us to care.And every day, members of the BirdNote corps of photographers bring the stories to... read more »

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Red-breasted Sapsucker Creates Sapwells

Have you ever noticed trees with many small holes drilled in the bark, often in neat rows? These are most likely the work of a sapsucker, a type of woodpecker, and the holes are known as sapwells.  After the initial drilling, the sapsucker regularly revisits the tree to lick up sap from... read more »

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American Coot Feeding Chicks

It floats like a duck, but the American Coot isn't a duck -- it's a member of the rail family. At the beginning of the breeding season, coots build floating platforms in dense aquatic vegetation -- as many as seven, before the female selects the perfect location for her 8 to 12 eggs. Chicks leave... read more »

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Great Blue Heron nest - it's getting crowded!

This Great Blue Heron nest is bursting with life! Gregg Thompson took these wonderful photos at a heron colony in Everett, Washington.###All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission. read more »

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Belted Kingfisher Catches a Tidepool Sculpin

Photographer Gregg Thompson shares these photos of a Belted Kingfisher at the Edmonds Marina in Washington State. Having caught a tidepool sculpin, the kingfisher shows its nimble moves for getting this meal down the hatch!Note the nictitating membrane covering the Belted Kingfisher's eye in this... read more »

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Green Heron Gulp

Gregg Thompson captured a series of images of this Green Heron fishing in an urban marsh. The Green Heron is widely distributed in wetlands throughout North America--primarily the eastern half of the United States and the Pacific Coast--as well as Central America and the Caribbean. Most... read more »

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A Great Blue Heron Goes Fishing

Photographer Gregg Thompson captured a quick succession of images of a Great Blue Heron striking - and then swallowing - an unlucky fish. Herons have modified vertebrae, which allow them to hold their necks in an "S" shape and recoil quickly to capture fast-moving prey. Besides fish, a Great Blue... read more »

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