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Waterfowl at Baisley Pond Park

WATERFOWL AT BAISLEY POND PARK

There are few places in Queens that I like birding in winter more than Baisley Pond Park. When I go to Baisley, which is located in...

Plumage

PLUMAGE

“Plumage” comes from the Old French meaning feathers or appearance. Today the word is almost exclusively used for a bird's set of feathers....

 
 
 
Passenger tries smuggling 70 songbirds through airport

PASSENGER TRIES SMUGGLING 70 SONGBIRDS THROUGH AIRPORT

Officials think the birds were brought to the United States to participate in singing contests.

The Raven: Nesting in Philadelphia for the First Time?

THE RAVEN: NESTING IN PHILADELPHIA FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Few birds are more intriguing than the Common Raven. Big, broad, and wholly black, the wedge-tailed raven is impressive, at times imposing,...

 
 
 
A Relaxing Big Day in Florida

A RELAXING BIG DAY IN FLORIDA

Originally, I had big plans for the October Big Day. I would wake up in darkness, gather my camera and binoculars and drive to Alabama...

First-of-its-Kind Reserve for Bicknell's Thrush in the Dominican Republic

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND RESERVE FOR BICKNELL'S THRUSH IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Jim Tietz/Macaulay Library . From the Autumn 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now . Conservationists...

 
 
 
Feeding Birds

FEEDING BIRDS

According to the U.S. Fish and Wild­life Service, more than 50 million North Americans feed birds. That amounts to more than one million...

The Danube Backwaters

THE DANUBE BACKWATERS

As you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia. Those foreland backwaters stretch...

 
 
 
Why Don't Sleeping Birds Fall Out of Trees?

WHY DON'T SLEEPING BIRDS FALL OUT OF TREES?

WHY DON”T SLEEPING BIRDS FALL OUT OF TREES? Birds have a skeletal system with a number of adaptations for their way of life. Flying...

Hear Mac DeMarco And Shamir's Beat Happening Covers From Record Store Day 7″

HEAR MAC DEMARCO AND SHAMIR'S BEAT HAPPENING COVERS FROM RECORD STORE DAY 7″

Songbird Shamir and jangle-pop sweetheart Mac DeMarco teamed up to cover the formative '80s lo-fi indie band Beat Happening on an exclusive...

 
 
 
My 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

MY 2018 GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

I hope everyone participated in at least one day of the four day Great Backyard Bird Count of 2018. I submitted five checklists from...

Review: North on the Wing by Bruce M. Beehler

REVIEW: NORTH ON THE WING BY BRUCE M. BEEHLER

I have to confess that it took me some time to warm up to Bruce M. Beehler's North on the Wing. Edwin Way Teale, from whom Beehler...

 
 
 
Some of My Favorite National Wildlife Refuge Photos

SOME OF MY FAVORITE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE PHOTOS

I think most of you know how important our National Wildlife Refuge system is to me. After all, I have written several posts on wildlife...

Producer Stephen Street Pens Tribute to 'Irish Songbird' Dolores O'Riordan

PRODUCER STEPHEN STREET PENS TRIBUTE TO 'IRISH SONGBIRD' DOLORES O'RIORDAN

Stephen Street, producer of the Cranberries' first two albums, 1993's Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and...

 
 
 
When 136 Bird Species Show Up at a Feeder, Which One Wins?

WHEN 136 BIRD SPECIES SHOW UP AT A FEEDER, WHICH ONE WINS?

In the study, 136 bird species were each given ability scores based on FeederWatch data about their dominance relative to other species....

ÆppelTreow Winery & Distillery: Kinglet Bitter Draft Cider

ÆPPELTREOW WINERY & DISTILLERY: KINGLET BITTER DRAFT CIDER

If there was a Christmas Bird Count for Christmas bird beers, you wouldn't want me in your party. I searched high and low for a suitably...

 
 
 
Wyndridge Farm Cidery: Crafty Cranberry Hard Apple Cider

WYNDRIDGE FARM CIDERY: CRAFTY CRANBERRY HARD APPLE CIDER

Cedar Waxwings have the unfortunate distinction of being the undisputed poster-birds for avian intemperance. It seems that at least...

Hermit Thrush Brewery: Party Guy

HERMIT THRUSH BREWERY: PARTY GUY

With today being Black Friday, I thought it would be fitting to offer a foil to the day's frenzied consumption and consumerism by showcasing...

 
 
 
SZA Unearths Lost Verse From 'Love Galore': Watch

SZA UNEARTHS LOST VERSE FROM 'LOVE GALORE': WATCH

Even though Kendrick Lamar shattered the music scene with his opus DAMN. earlier this year, TDE's songbird, SZA, caused tremors of...

About gulls and panic

ABOUT GULLS AND PANIC

Do you ever feel that you do not know your birds anymore? I had that feeling today. Usually I do not start gulling before late October,...