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gift ideas

15 great gift ideas for birdwatchers

These field guides, bird feeders, binoculars, and more items will be perfect for the birders on your holiday-shopping list … Read More “15 great gift ideas for birdwatchers”

Mandarin Duck

New York’s Mandarin Duck ‘is bringing many new people to birding’

The vibrant, vividly colored duck has become a “spark bird” for many people — the bird that piques their interest in birds and birding … Read More “New York’s Mandarin Duck ‘is bringing many new people to birding’”

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gift ideas

15 great gift ideas for birdwatchers

These field guides, bird feeders, binoculars, and more items will be perfect for the birders on your holiday-shopping list … Read More “15 great gift ideas for birdwatchers”

Sandhill Cranes

Birding festivals scheduled for December 2018

Birders have the chance to see eagles, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, and more at these festivals this December … Read More “Birding festivals scheduled for December 2018”

Evening Grosbeak

Maps from eBird show where Evening Grosbeak occurs in December

Do you want to know where to look for Evening Grosbeaks in December? These maps from eBird can help show you where others have spotted … Read More “Maps from eBird show where Evening Grosbeak occurs in December”

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron adjusts its migration pattern to fiddler crabs

As spring arrives earlier each year, Yellow-crowned Night-Herons mysteriously adjust the timing of their return to the emergence of fiddler crabs … Read More “Yellow-crowned Night-Heron adjusts its migration pattern to fiddler crabs”

Bird Identification

Orange-crowned Warbler

Identifying Orange-crowned Warbler and Tennessee Warbler

Kenn Kaufman describes what to look for to identify the variable Orange-crowned Warbler and the similar Tennessee Warbler … Read More “Identifying Orange-crowned Warbler and Tennessee Warbler”

molt

What to look for as birds molt their worn-out feathers

Late summer is the time of year when many birds replace their feathers in a process called molt. Old feathers, most of which have been … Read More “What to look for as birds molt their worn-out feathers”

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Photography

Slideshow: Unique birds of North America by Stan Tekiela

Here is a sampling of photos from Stan Tekiela’s new book “Wild Birds: North America’s Most Unique Birds … Read More “Slideshow: Unique birds of North America by Stan Tekiela”

Nine top cameras for birders

Here are nine cameras that we like and suggest birders explore for their photography needs … Read More “Nine top cameras for birders”

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Locations & Travel

Two King Penguins

The penguin quest: A search for all 18 species

For birders Charles Bergman and Susan Mann, finding all 18 of the world’s penguin species in the wild led to a deeper bond with our fragile planet … Read More “The penguin quest: A search for all 18 species”

Cuba bird survey

Cuba bird survey in March 2019 with David Sibley

You are invited on an exclusive, U.S.-led and U.S.-managed birding program to Cuba sponsored by BirdWatching magazine in partnership with the Caribbean Conservation Trust, Inc., with special guest host David Allen Sibley, from March 2-11, 2019. Click here to reserve your spot, or scroll to the bottom of this post to download the registration form. For the fifth time, BirdWatching … Read More “Cuba bird survey in March 2019 with David Sibley”

Hotspots Near You

We’ve published “Hotspots Near You” since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. We offer maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home. Read More “Hotspots Near You”