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An Elegy to the Elephant Bird

Elephant BirdAepyornis maximusIn 1658, the French governor of Madagascar described a giant birddwelling in the island's remote reaches. Over ten feet tall,the bird weighed a thousand pounds and laid the biggest egg on record:over a foot long and equal in volume to seven ostrich eggs,180 chicken... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

Northern Harriers in Winter

Photographer Gregg Thompson captured these photos of Northern Harriers on the Samish Flats in northwestern Washington State.The female...And the male...Thanks, Gregg!###Listen to BirdNote stories about Northern Harriers:Sky Dancing - A Rare SightHow Birds' Names ChangeNorthern Harrier and Barn... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Searching the BirdNote Show Archive - By Family!

There are more than 1400 shows archived on the BirdNote website. But how do you begin to find the one you're looking for? You can use the search bar, top right, to find shows about your favorite bird —perhaps it's the Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Bald Eagle, or Swainson's Thrush.And there's... read more »

Birding in Norway - 70 Degrees North

Wim Vader, a birder of many years, writes about the birds he's seen in Tromsø, Norway, in 2017:                    4 January — Here at 70°N, we have had almost too much weather. December was warmer than... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

A Merlin "Warbles" - An Angel-wing Stretch

Early in December, photographer Gregg Thompson made a trip to Edison, a small town on the Samish Flats, north of Seattle. He was looking for a Merlin. And he found it, fairly low in a tree next to the road.  Gregg said, “There are three or four coniferous trees in the center of town where... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  behavior

Long-tailed Duck: Little Known Duck of Many Secrets!

The Long-tailed Duck is not widely known outside birdwatching circles. But what a wonderful duck it is. Found only locally at certain times of the year, and with an oddly goofy, human-like voice, the otherwise elegant Long-tailed Duck has some interesting departures from "normal" duck biology... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

A Raven, On Snow

Regular photo contributor, Gregg Thompson, visited Mount Rainier in Washington State, hoping to find White-tailed Ptarmigan in their pure-white winter plumage. He didn't find any. Actually, the first bird he saw –- and only when he returned to the parking lot -- was this Common Raven. But the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

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

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 »

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