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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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Marsh Voices at Sunrise

In marshes across the country, birds awaken on a summer morning. Tall dense grasses and reeds often make marsh birds hard to see, but their voices carry easily across the lush, green landscape. You can hear birds like the Redhead, the Sora, the American Bittern, the Ruddy Duck, this Yellow-headed... read more »

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Snipe Hunt!

Gregg Thompson went hunting for good photos of shorebirds in the rich wetlands of Juanita Bay, east of Seattle. He found several Wilson’s Snipes showing off their hunting skills.Cryptic brown, tan, and gray markings can make a Wilson’s Snipe hard to find in wet, open habitats like these mud flats... read more »

Anhingas - Snakebirds

In the black water of a Louisiana bayou, the water ripples where a slender form glides just beneath the surface. It appears to be a snake, but look closer at the long, narrow spike of a beak. It’s a Snakebird, a colloquial name for the Anhinga, swimming with just its head and neck above the water... read more »

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Blackbirds' Strange Music

Blackbird songs have a strange music. The Red-winged Blackbird can be heard in nearly every marsh on the continent — bold, brassy, and piercing. The songs may not seem musical, but they definitely get your attention. Brewer’s Blackbirds, which live in open habitats like farms and grasslands, make... read more »

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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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Glossy Ibises on the Move

Some birds stay put all year. Some migrate with the seasons. And some, like this Glossy Ibis, are dispersing across new regions. Glossy Ibises breed on all the continents except Antarctica. But they were almost unknown in the US, even in the 19th century. Glossy Ibises crept slowly into the... read more »

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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. Patiently 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... read more »

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