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Diverse Song Sparrows

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

Diverse Song Sparrows

The Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is such a diverse species despite the fact it seems so plain, brown, simple or even “dull”. Fall migration lets us see so many different subspecies and forms – perhaps up to a couple dozen of the former and several dozen of the latter. Basically, many of the birds end up looking distinct from one another in very subtle ways, and I wish every year that I could better understand their biology. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Brant Back

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016

Brant Back

Welcome back to the Brant! We missed you. Have you seen any flying by or stopping over near you on their return from the...

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ah, the stick in the face – the bird photographer’s worst nightmare. I still liked this Golden-crowned Kinglet from last weekend, and it gives us a sense of how these little birds navigate deep in the grasslands to find tasty meals like grasshoppers. A few days before this shot I had one all lined up with a big grasshopper in its bill before it dove to devour the meal out of my sight. Alas… Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Peregrine Falcon Resting

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016

Peregrine Falcon Resting

One of the most exciting aspects to fall birding is the surge of raptors that push through much of the U.S. on their way south. Some of these species may be moving a few hundred miles, getting to a more temperate region or dispersing from the nest to find their own place, while others will travel thousands of miles and leave the continent. These predators face many of the same perils as songbirds during migration, but they are also flying at the same time as these passerines, making their own journey easier as they can hunt at the same stopover sites for weakened, confused, and fatigued...

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Field Sparrow

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

Field Sparrow

The Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) is an underrated little bird! Look at that bold eye ring and those beautiful brown tones with a pretty pink bill. Whenever I see those Fields in numbers in October it always suggests we are nearing the end of autumn avian migration. If we are lucky we may be able to spot one or two overwintering in the region, perhaps on a Christmas Bird Count, but most will be seeking less snowy quarters so they can enjoy easy to reach seeds all winter long. Nevertheless, if there aren’t any fields, grasslands, farms or other open areas – or if these habitats...

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