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Field Notes

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 »

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 »

Vultures! Nature's Clean-up Crew

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

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