HowToKnowTheBirds

How to Know the Birds: No. 48, Feeding Sparrows (and Owls)

The people keep a-comin’. They’re outside. The folks at the feeding station are masked and socially distanced. They’re learning about birds and nature. They’re wondering and sharing together about nature. They’re breathing fresh air...

How to Know the Birds: No. 48, Feeding Sparrows (and Owls)2020-12-02T11:38:13-05:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 47, Watching Geese in the Age of #BirdNamesForBirds

Those lovely little birds at my local patch, those dainty white geese, brought together folks who likely would not otherwise have been thus assembled. The question on everyone’s mind that sunny Saturday afternoon: What are those birds? What are they named?

How to Know the Birds: No. 47, Watching Geese in the Age of #BirdNamesForBirds2020-11-20T22:02:18-05:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 44, How eBird Killed Birding

eBird used to have a tagline, “It will change the way you bird,” that I wish they hadn’t discarded. Because eBird has drastically changed the way I bird. So much so, that I might venture: “It will kill the way you bird.”

How to Know the Birds: No. 44, How eBird Killed Birding2020-10-06T12:43:56-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 43, An Imperfect Waxwing

When Bombycilla cedrorum was named the 2020 ABA Bird of the Year, there was delight and enchantment all across the ABA Area. Fists were pumped, shouts were proclaimed.

How to Know the Birds: No. 43, An Imperfect Waxwing2020-09-29T13:25:40-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 40, An Avocet in the Lovely Country

I saw an American avocet, a presumed male by bill structure, thus less spectacular than the female. The bird was bleached and worn, but still: An avocet, any avocet, even a sun-blasted, straight-billed male, is the sort of bird that bids you stop.

How to Know the Birds: No. 40, An Avocet in the Lovely Country2020-10-07T13:35:41-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 39, What If They Cancelled Bird ID?

I presented iNaturalist with my Hardscrabble Mountain gray flycatchers, and the app performed flawlessly. Not just the adults teed up in textbook fashion atop junipers; but also the fledglings, nearly featureless blobs of downy softness.

How to Know the Birds: No. 39, What If They Cancelled Bird ID?2020-07-30T22:41:05-04:00
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