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Bird count might explain lack of blue jays, juncos

Thursday, February 23, 2012

With more than a month until April arrives, it may be premature to proclaim the end of winter. But since it never arrived, why not? So far this winter I’ve seen less than six inches of snow, and temperatures have been incredibly mild. Only twice has my thermometer dipped to 10 degrees. We did have […]

Ecuador trip gives fodder for ‘It’s a Small World’ file

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The second day of my trip to Ecuador found me at Mindo Loma, about two hours northwest of Quito. I was the only person there, so I was treated well. And dozens of hummingbirds constantly darted among the many nectar feeders.

Sharks eating land birds in Gulf of Mexico

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Reproduction and feather molt are two of the most energetically demanding aspects of birds’ lives. The breeding season can last five months or longer, and feather molt can take six to 10 weeks. Just finding enough food to stay alive during these stressful times can be a full time job.

Border strategies affect wildlife populations

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Under the heading of “unintended consequences,” border fences are proving to be very effective at disrupting the movements of wildlife.

It pays to watch the behavior of woodland animals

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The two hours after dawn and the two hours before dusk offer wildlife watchers and hunters excellent viewing opportunities. I like to sit quietly with my back to a big tree, and watch and listen. Chipmunks, squirrels, and other small mammals often dominate the action as they alternate between barking out alarms calls and searching […]

Yes, you could say Christmas is ‘for the birds’

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Every December I get requests to reprint my version of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas I first published in 1988. Merry Christmas everyone!

Suet lovers include woodpeckers, chickadees

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, a pileated woodpecker made my day. For the first time in more than 20 years, I saw one of these crow-sized hammerheads at my suet feeder. It returned several times over a 30-minute span.

New book suggestions for holiday gift-giving

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fall is a busy season for publishers of nature and outdoor-themed books. They make perfect Christmas gifts. Here are some recent titles I recommend for the readers on your list. Carnivores of the World, by Luke Hunter (2111, Princeton University Pres, $29.95) is a comprehensive field guide to all 245 species of terrestrial carnivores — […]

Successful birding through winter

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A few weeks ago the temperature dropped below 30 degrees, and the first winter feeder birds, white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos, showed up.

Birder or not, ‘The Big Year’ is worth seeing

Thursday, November 3, 2011

About a year ago, when I heard Hollywood was making a movie of Mark Obmascik s 2004 book, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession, I worried. I feared it would make a joke of birders and birding. Remember Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies? When I heard the three stars […]

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