Field Notes

Wood Ducks on the Potomac

Wild, undammed rivers make dangerous neighbors. A sign-board near the riverbank at one of the entrances to Potomac National Park offers direct evidence of the river’s perils — 57 drownings in ten years between Great Falls and Little Falls — about an 11-mile stretch.The Potomac seems most fearsome... read more »

Topics & Themes:  nesting

President Theodore Roosevelt's Bird Checklist for the White House

“Bird–Lore: A Bi-Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Study and Protection of Birds”Official Organ of the Audubon Societies(Vol. X11 No. 2 March – April, 1910)(Excerpt) … I had the opportunity to speak with the President, and I asked him if I might make, from a magazine article of his, a list of the... read more »

Topics & Themes:  reflection

Bushtits Build Their Nest

Mike Hamilton photographed a pair of Bushtits building their sock-like, hanging nest. Both the male and the female work in building the pendulous nest, made from moss, lichen, and spider webs. The female (she's the one with yellow eyes) focuses more on the bowl, while the male builds out the... read more »

Topics & Themes:  nesting, ornithology

Redhead Alert - A Walk along the Potomac Shore

Redheads stand out among us in the crowd. From historical figures like Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I, to screen stars like Lucille Ball and Damian Lewis, a red head — with or without a crown on it — can cause a stir.The same phenomenon obtains when it comes to birder sightings. Bright red head... read more »


Finding Mountain Plovers - How Technology Helped!

Seven days shy of a year ago, I found two rare Mountain Plovers in the White Rock Bay area of Antelope Island State Park in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. And lately, I have been hoping to see them again.The last couple of trips to the island have made me think of how various technologies used for... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

Birds Inspire American Composer Maria Schneider

BirdNote’s Chris Peterson spoke with American composer, Maria Schneider, about how birds inspired her jazz composition Cerulean Skies, which received a Grammy in 2007 for "Best Instrumental Composition.""What inspired Cerulean Skies is birding every day in Central Park in spring, late April and... read more »

Topics & Themes:  music, reflection

BirdNote Moments for April 2014

Listen to the full BirdNote show, "Trans-Gulf Migration," written by Bob Sundstrom.Orchard Oriole © Carl SheelyListen to the full BirdNote show, "Ultraviolet Vision," written by Bob Sundstrom.Violet-crowned Hummingbird © Steven MillerListen to the full BirdNote show, "Song Sparrow in Brush Piles,... read more »


Movie -- A Birder's Guide to Everything

There's a trailer out for a new movie, "A Birder's Guide to Everything." It has received great reviews from the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Birding Association. Kenn Kaufman, famed bird-guide author and a serious birder himself even as a teen, was a... read more »

Topics & Themes:  birdwatching

The Duck Stamp - From 1934 to 2014

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Help BirdNote with the 2015 calendar!

BirdNote is already working with Gerrit Vyn on the 2015 Birds of BirdNote calendar, and we need your help.We're trying to decide between five beautiful images of North American warblers. Which is your favorite? Take a look and let us know below!The Results Are In!After receiving votes from... read more »