February 20th, 2017

NESTCAMS!

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New nests to watch!

See updates on nests you saw last month and see some new nests we are watching now.  Have a favorite nest cam?  Let us know about it!

Laysan Albatross, Hawaii – who can resist these beautiful birds and their chicks?
Red-tailed Hawks, New York – watch them building [...]

Where to See Birds Now: CUBA

February 20th, 2017

Where to See Birds Now:  CUBA

Blue-headed Quail-dove
Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel

As Cuba becomes easier to visit it is rapidly becoming a hot “bucket-list” destination for travelers.  For birdwatchers it offers a variety of habitats and over 20 endemic birds – birds that can only be found in Cuba.  If you are keeping a list of [...]

Family Fun: 3 Easy DIY Bird Feeders

January 17th, 2017

Winter is a time when birds need a lot of help finding food – especially later in the season when the available

Photo Credit: Heather Katsoulis

native berries and seeds are long gone.  Keep your feeders up, but why not try some seriously simple new ways to feed birds in your yard? Take a look at these [...]

Duck Mating Behavior

January 17th, 2017

Duck Mating Behavior

When you are watching ducks and other waterfowl this winter, get ready for a lot of action, because it’s also mating season!

Photo Credit: Stan Tekeila

Waterfowl mating behaviors can be pretty weird – ranging from the slightly unusual to the outrageous. We found a few videos you might enjoy for a little insider info [...]

How Do Birds Keep From Crashing Into Each Other in a Flock?

December 19th, 2016

Flock Behavior: Why Birds Don’t Crash Into Each Other

Do you ever watch flocks of birds flying tightly

together and wonder how they maintain their distance from one another? Flying in a tight flock helps birds in a number of ways. One of the most important is that a large tight flock makes it more [...]

Travel: Easy Birding in Panama

December 16th, 2016

TRAVEL: Easy Birding in Panama

If you are looking for a birding adventure a little farther from home, winter is an exceptionally good time to visit the Caribbean, Central and South America.  If you have been wanting to visit a tropical forest with loads of fabulous birds, one of the best and [...]

Backyard Suet Feeders to Make or Buy

November 20th, 2016

BACKYARD: Suet Feeders

It’s time to break out the suet feeders! Suet provides lots of calories to keep some of your favorite birds like chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers warm.  There are lots of different suet feeders you can buy or make, but the best ones are those which are ergonomically correct for

Tail-prop suet feeder from [...]

Fall Backyard: Start Your Native Plant Meadow

October 25th, 2016

Fall Backyard: Start Your Native Plant Meadow

If you have even a little bit of a yard, don’t wait

to plant a native plant meadow.

I planted a small meadow in the fall as an experiment a few years ago, and if I hadn’t seen for myself the magnetic attraction it has for birds [...]

Confusing Fall Warblers

September 13th, 2016

Confusing Fall Warblers

It’s that time of year again when even the most experienced birder might be puzzled by the fall plumage of warblers.  For new birders, fall warblers can be a real challenge as not only are they much quieter (so it’s often difficult to make the ID with sound), but their molt takes them [...]

Your Fall Backyard Tuneup

September 13th, 2016

Your Fall Backyard Tuneup

In fall, birds’ needs start changing. The bird houses you set up in spring and which saw a lot of activity are now vacant. Pressure to secure food for hungry mouths in the nest has subsided, and now many birds are bulking up for migration. To create a friendly backyard [...]

 

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