birdwatching

5th Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds

The 5th Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds takes flight October 15-19, 2020. HIFB’s 2020 theme, “Wanderers and Migrants—Celebrating Hawaii's Avian Voyagers,” will focus on the remarkable number of migratory and accidental avian visitors that arrive in read more >>

5th Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds2020-02-20T18:24:22-05:00

Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

Celebrating its 30th year in 2020 as Alaska's oldest and original birding festival! The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival is a celebration of migration in and around the fishing (and birding) town of Cordova, Alaska. read more >>

Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival2020-01-24T16:31:27-05:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 26, The Fantasy Nuthatch

Why do you go to birding? Is it to “chase” a rarity? To find one on your own? Is it for exercise? For contemplation? Is it to spend time with friends? To get away from it all? For science? For conservation?

How to Know the Birds: No. 26, The Fantasy Nuthatch2020-02-10T14:26:37-05:00

Wings of Winter Birding Festival

First Time Birder? Maybe you’ve done a little birding but could use some refreshers or new tips? Or maybe your an experienced Birder? Well the Wings of Winter Birding Festival is for you! We have read more >>

Wings of Winter Birding Festival2019-11-21T19:25:01-05:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 20, Alien Fairies in the Big City

Before we proceed any further, let’s play a little game. Let’s pretend we don’t know where we are. We scan around for clues and we see: Rush hour traffic—check. Pedestrians—check. Palm trees—check. Tall buildings—check. So far, so good. We’re plausibly in any one of those five densely populated cities. Now take a look directly overhead:

How to Know the Birds: No. 20, Alien Fairies in the Big City2019-12-07T20:33:53-05:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 19, A Big (Little) White (Blue) Egret (Heron)

The bird stood on the railing just beyond the high-rise hotel where I was staying. Moments earlier, a speedwalker had stopped for a moment to marvel with me at the beautiful beast. “We get a lot of those around here,” he informed me, sensing correctly that I wasn’t a local.

How to Know the Birds: No. 19, A Big (Little) White (Blue) Egret (Heron)2019-12-07T20:34:35-05:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 13, Gannets—Take 2

Call me a late bloomer, but I can finally tell you that the experience of being in a gannet colony is overwhelming, a transcendence, an imponderable conjoining of sensory overload and perfect inner calm.

How to Know the Birds: No. 13, Gannets—Take 22019-12-07T21:23:27-05:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 10, Dvořák’s Vireo

A few years ago, I was, for whatever reason, studying the score of the scherzo of Dvořák’s quartet, and it struck me that the celebrated “tanager” passage, measures 21–24, is an absolutely terrible transcription of Piranga olivacea, the scarlet tanager. However, it provides an eerily close match to an utterly different-looking bird species...

How to Know the Birds: No. 10, Dvořák’s Vireo2019-12-18T12:31:27-05:00

My First Six Months of Birding

Many of the readers of this blog have been birding for years, and finding cool and rare birds has become second nature. But does anybody remember what it was like when they were starting out?

My First Six Months of Birding2012-07-02T13:51:00-04:00