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Best spotting scopes for birders

The best spotting scopes for birding: A buyers guide

Tips for shoppers and recommendations for the best models at numerous price points … Read More “The best spotting scopes for birding: A buyers guide”

Semipalmated Plover - The summer shorebirds of Cape May

Shorebirds: The best show in summer

From late June through September, dowitchers, yellowlegs, plovers, and the like help ease the malaise of summer birding … Read More “Shorebirds: The best show in summer”

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Chihuahuan Meadowlark, checklist

Meadowlark split among 2022 checklist changes

Most of this year’s changes involve species from Central America, Caribbean islands … Read More “Meadowlark split among 2022 checklist changes”

Karl Maslowski

Documentary celebrates pioneering photographer Karl Maslowski

The film gives a compelling look at Karl Maslowski’s long career from his impoverished childhood to his work as a conservationist … Read More “Documentary celebrates pioneering photographer Karl Maslowski”

Pine Warbler photographed with the Canon EOS R3 - Camera Companies Embrace Mirrorless Technology For Bird Photography

Camera makers embrace mirrorless technology

DSLR cameras have finally passed the pro-gear baton to a new fleet of mirrorless flagships … Read More “Camera makers embrace mirrorless technology”

Competition, not climate, limits bird species’ ranges in tropical mountains

Study finds that species richness is a better predictor of smaller elevational ranges in birds than temperature seasonality … Read More “Competition, not climate, limits bird species’ ranges in tropical mountains”

Bird Identification

Violet-green Swallow, adult male. June in Mono County, California. Photo by Brian E. Small

How to identify Violet-green Swallow

Use these tips to distinguish this swallow from Tree Swallow … Read More “How to identify Violet-green Swallow”

variability in songbirds

David Sibley explains variability in songbirds

Why the appearance of first-year birds in the same species can differ significantly … Read More “David Sibley explains variability in songbirds”

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2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest First Place: Blue Jays

Maureen Hills-Urbat of Rockyview County, Alberta, is the winner of our first Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest with this image of squabbling Blue … Read More “2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest First Place: Blue Jays”

2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest Second Place: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The photo’s sharp, detailed look at the moment a tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird preyed on a much smaller insect earned high praise … Read More “2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest Second Place: Ruby-throated Hummingbird”

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2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest Third Place: Carolina Wrens

Photos of the day: May 1-15, 2022

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The best mirrorless cameras for bird photography

Reviews of 11 top camera bodies and one game-changing lens …

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Birding at home

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A birdfeeding shopping list

Contributing Editor Laura Erickson provides advice on how to buy birdseed, suet, and other feeder fare … Read More “A birdfeeding shopping list”

Panama Fruit Feeders

Panama Fruit Feeders camera

Watch the video feed from Canopy Lodge here … Read More “Panama Fruit Feeders camera”

Birdfeeding basics

Find out how easy it is to attract cardinals, orioles, and other birds with seeds, oranges, suet, and other treats … Read More “Birdfeeding basics”