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Field Notes

The Sounds of Nine Special Birds

Can't get enough bird sounds? Enjoy a full minute of beautiful sounds of Cerulean, Golden-cheeked, Swainson's and Kirtland's Warblers, plus the Piping Plover, Lark Bunting, American Golden-Plover, Black-capped Vireo, and Olive-sided Flycatcher, recorded throughout North America, from Texas to... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, sound, vocalization

Willet and Sanderlings

This painting by Barry Kent MacKay shows a single Willet (Tringa semipalmata) on the far left, along with a group of Sanderlings (Calidris alba), as they might occur in spring on the east coast of North America.  The Willet is pretty much a species of the western hemisphere, with two... read more »

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Interaction between two Red-tailed Hawks

Mike Hamilton was birding at Sikes Lake near Carnation Farm, outside the town of Carnation in Washington State, when he spotted a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk flying low over some Cackling Geese in a field. read more »

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BirdNote in Cuba, April 18-29, 2017

This special trip, arranged exclusively for supporters and listeners of BirdNote, offers a unique opportunity to experience the culture, birds, and nature of Cuba, through a collaboration between Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and International Expeditions and its People-to-People program. A portion... read more »

5 Things to Do for Birds in the Autumn – And One Thing for Yourself!

 Autumn ... Feels like a new year.We all remember the feeling of starting back to school at the end of summer. A serious change of scenes and seasons. And there's a lot to be done for the birds, too.1. Take down your nestbox and clean it out.It's a good idea to wear gloves and a dust mask... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdfeeding, gardening

Celebrating "National Wildlife Refuge Week"

National Wildlife Refuge Week - October 8-15, 2016What Are You Doing to Celebrate?Green Jay     © Joanne KamoThe Green Jays of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge - Listen NowPectoral Sandpiper     © Joanne KamoThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Listen... read more »

Red-tails at Play?

Photographer Mike Hamilton spotted these Red-tailed Hawks — one adult and one juvenile — east of Seattle. Play or serious business? Probably play, but you can decide.###Mike spotted another interaction between Red-tails last year. Check it out.Learn more and see photos and videos of Red-tailed... read more »

First-Year Birds

Mike Hamilton spotted these young birds late this summer. Most are in Washington State; two are in Texas. How many can you identify? -- Answers at the bottom.Birds are, from top to bottom: Steller’s Jay, Northern Cardinal, Western Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Osprey, Tree Swallow, Anna’s... read more »

BirdNote Theme Song - Where Did it Come From?

Since BirdNote debuted in February 2005, many listeners have asked about the source of our theme music. What is the name of the piece? Where is it from? How can I purchase it?It may surprise you to learn that the BirdNote theme is not a snippet from a longer piece. It was composed especially for... read more »

Vultures! Nature's Clean-up Crew

In celebration of vulturesKing Vulture © Patricia van Casteren                                       ... read more »

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