When Your Bird Isn’t Average: Challenges in Identification

In early October, my sister brought me dead bird she found in our yard. Despite having the bird “in hand” (I didn’t actually hold it) and recording it in my nature journal, I came away uncertain of the species. While I was convinced it was some kind of thrush, probably a hermit thrush, there were a few things that left me uncertain. The main point of confusion was its size. It was much too small.

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Making A New Year’s Birding Goal

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to review my life and think about the things I want to do more often. Whether I call them goals or intentions doesn’t matter. I challenge myself in a way that will help me to do more, and this year, I want that challenge to be about birds.

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The Trick to Seeing a Barnacle Goose is Looking

The January day I went looking for the pink-footed goose, I also saw a barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis). Normally found … More The Trick to Seeing a Barnacle Goose is Looking