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Field Notes

Common Merganser with adorable young!

This small family of Common Mergansers -- a hen with her eight ducklings -- was photographed by Mike Hamilton near Seattle. This duck species nests in tree cavities resulting from broken limbs or excavated by woodpeckers. The female alone incubates the eggs, which hatch in about a month. The... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Welcoming Dominic Black to the BirdNote Team

Dear BirdNote Listeners,Please join us in welcoming Dominic Black as BirdNote's new director of national programs!Dominic is a skilled and creative storyteller with a track record of distinction in radio production. A native of Ireland, Dominic launched his public radio career at the BBC,... read more »

BirdNote Moments for June 2014

Listen to the full show, Scarlet Tanagers Under the Canopy.Scarlet Tanager © Laura Gooch Listen to the full show, Olive-sided Flycatcher.Olive-sided Flycatcher © Darren Clark Listen to the full show, Restoring Grasslands on Maryland's Eastern Shore.Dickcissel © Mike MartinListen to the... read more »

Plants for a Bird-friendly Yard in the Northwest

Native plant specialist, Don Norman, recommends plants for a bird-friendly back yard in the Pacific Northwest. He says:My favorite for a winter food source is the California wax myrtle (Morella californica),which provides winter food for many species (like Yellow-rumped Warblers after which they... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  gardening

Red-winged Blackbirds on the Attack

What's up with this Red-winged Blackbird? He's mad as can be, and you'd better watch out, no matter what species you are! Tom Gray spotted this handsome male in Shoreline Park, in Mountain View, California.Tales abound of these birds "hitching rides" on the backs of larger birds. And what's the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Tweets 'n' Squawks: Learn How to Identify Birds by Song

Nothing signals spring quite like singing birds. As the length of days increase, male birds begin to sing to protect their territories from neighboring males and advertise their presence to nearby females. In spring, those males are vibrantly colored and may be easy to see, because they... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdwatching by ear, sound, vocalization

BirdNote Moments for May 2014

Listen to the full show, Red Knot Flies to the Moon and Back.Red Knot © Patricia M. González  Listen to the full BirdNote show, A Sailor Finds Companionship in Birds, With Brechin Morgan.Swallow-tailed Gull painting © Brechin Morgan Listen to the full BirdNote show, Snow Melting into... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  breeding display, recording, reflection

Helping Birds Avoid Colliding with Glass

Birds colliding with glass is a real problem, especially during migration. Many cities have initiated Lights Out! programs, which helps. And there are things that homeowners can do, too. BirdNote's Chris Peterson interviewed Christine Sheppard of the American Bird Conservancy about the problem... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  flight, human interaction

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 »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Capturing a Special Moment: Mating American Avocets

The American Avocet is a beautiful shorebird that's found in ephemeral wetlands of the United States, mainly west of the Mississippi, south through Central America. (Ephemeral wetlands are seasonal ponds that are wet only seasonally or only in wet years.)The elegantly curved bill — inspiration... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

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