What is it like to be a bird? It’s a question that’s been asked for centuries, and it’s still somewhat of a mystery. The answer may very well seem to be, “You have to be [...]
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Like many birders, I was first introduced to the name Sophie Webb as the illustrator of A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. I’ll admit to open-mouthed staring at the illustrations that I still love to leaf through. A few years ago, Ms. Webb also became a judge for the Young Birder of the Year Illustration Module and gave me some good suggestions, which I have tried to follow.
September seems to be a very slow month, at least in terms of blog birding! Below are a few of my favorite highlights. Prairie Birder stumbles an interesting 20th century lady interested in birds: When [...]
Howdy y’all, from deep in the heart of Texas! I’m Alexandria Simpson, an avid birder . I wish I could say I had been birding all my life, but my avian infatuation did not begin [...]
Bold…striking…varied…the colors of the visible light spectrum are well represented in avian coloration. For example, Red—Vermilion Flycatcher Orange—Altamira Oriole Yellow—Hooded Warbler Green—Green Jay Blue—Mountain Bluebird Indigo—Indigo Bunting Violet—Costa’s Hummingbird’s gorget The astounding array of bird [...]
Small but fiesty, he swiftly rushes to the scene, wielding an approximately 17.3 mm black sword. He chases a fellow member of his species away from the breakfast table, giving high-pitched chattering and buzzing noises. [...]
In 2000, the birding world greeted the arrival of the revolutionary new Sibley Guide to Birds. Now, 13 years later, we welcome the long awaited updated second edition of our favorite field guide.
It's April! Evidently everybody's shaking off the cold, getting out birding, and enjoying migrants. Personally, a different dialect of the Bewick's Wren song and plenty of Mourning and White-winged Doves have fascinated me since mid-March.
Rare Birds of North America, by Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell Princeton University Press, 2014 448 pages | $35.00 | Hardcover | 275 color plates. 2 line illus. 9 tables. 17 map | [...]