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Field Notes

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Night Stalker

 The enigmatic Black-crowned Night-Heron is an intriguing predator. During the day, this easily overlooked bird does nothing at all except stand perfectly still, while resting on a half-submerged log. Unlike its more active relative, the pterodactyl-like Great Blue, a giant among herons, it... read more »


Late Summer Shorebirds

Celebrating Shorebirds!It's late summer and all across North America, millions of shorebirds — sandpipers and plovers — are on the move. Seattle photographer Gregg Thompson has been following the annual pilgrimage for the last few years.Here's a handful of the birds he's seen. Thanks, Gregg... read more »

American Dipper Juvenile Goes for a Caddisfly Larva

Photographer Mike Hamilton was exploring Tokul Creek east of Seattle late in the summer ...... when he spotted this juvenile American Dipper.Watching, waiting...It's in here somewhere.Taking the plunge!And it's a ... caddisfly larva!Down the hatch!###All photos © Mike HamiltonListen to these... read more »

Vultures! Nature's Clean-up Crew

In celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day - September 5, 2015King Vulture © Patricia van Casteren                               ... read more »

In Search of Owls

Gerrit Vyn, BirdNote board member and Cornell Lab photographer, videographer, and audio-recordist, took an amazing photo of a Short-eared Owl. Here's his story of how he captured the image:I was on Amherst Island in Eastern Lake Ontario a few years ago. I was definitely looking for owls on this... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

Northern Harrier - The Marsh Hawk!

The Northern Harrier is the only member of the genus, Circus, found in North America, where it occurs in all continental states and Canadian provinces. All the harriers are very similar structurally, being lean and long. They have long, rounded wings, long tails, and a characteristic “facial disk... read more »

Topics & Themes:  birding

Great Blue Heron - Lunch and a Bath!

Dine and dash? Nope, dine and splash!Photographer Mike Hamilton spotted this Great Blue Heron as it ate -- and then cleaned up.Watching, waiting...Taking a stab at it...Nailed it - a tadpole!But now, what a mess!Soak it...Shake it off!Lunch and a bath... Life is GOOD!***Listen to BirdNote stories... read more »


Birds at Mid-summer

What's Going On with the Birds?We often call the solstice "Midsummer," but it's actually only the beginning. August 1st is – strictly speaking – Midsummer. So what's going on in the bird world now? Like the week in Lake Wobegon, it's been mostly quiet. For the most part, the birds have stopped... read more »


Kingfisher Perches

For better and for worse, humans can have a huge impact on the lives of birds. One positive impact for Belted Kingfishers is that some road building and digging of gravel pits has created banks where the birds can nest and thus allowed the expansion of their breeding range.* But increased... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge - Adventure Awaits!

If you’re eager to explore for birds and other wildlife, a trip to a national wildlife refuge could be just the thing! There are more than 500 of these wild places in our National Wildlife Refuge System. No state is without them, and as Americans, we own them all. The refuges are managed by the... read more »