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Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count sets records for species, checklists, participants

Northern Cardinal was the most frequently reported species in this year’s count, which more than 224,000 birders took part in … Read More “Great Backyard Bird Count sets records for species, checklists, participants”

Avimaia schweitzerae

Fossil bird with egg inside discovered in China

Paleontologists from China today report that they have unearthed the first fossil bird ever found with an egg preserved inside its body. Their findings were … Read More “Fossil bird with egg inside discovered in China”

In the News

Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count sets records for species, checklists, participants

Northern Cardinal was the most frequently reported species in this year’s count, which more than 224,000 birders took part in … Read More “Great Backyard Bird Count sets records for species, checklists, participants”

Avimaia schweitzerae

Fossil bird with egg inside discovered in China

Paleontologists from China today report that they have unearthed the first fossil bird ever found with an egg preserved inside its body. Their findings were … Read More “Fossil bird with egg inside discovered in China”

protected forests

Study: Fewer bird species find homes in a protected forest

Rutgers study suggests that small protected forests are not sufficient to halt loss of bird diversity, and better monitoring and management is required … Read More “Study: Fewer bird species find homes in a protected forest”

balloons

Among marine debris, balloons are top killers of seabirds

Hard plastics account for the majority of marine debris ingested by seabirds, but soft plastics such as balloons are more deadly … Read More “Among marine debris, balloons are top killers of seabirds”

Bird Identification

Identifying Williamson’s Sapsucker

How to distinguish this western woodpecker from Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Gila Woodpecker … Read More “Identifying Williamson’s Sapsucker”

flocking

To identify distant waterbirds, learn their flocking behavior

In winter, identifying waterbirds is often challenging because the birds are too far away to see details. Understanding flocking behavior can help … Read More “To identify distant waterbirds, learn their flocking behavior”

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Photography

10 incredible images from the Bird Photographer of the Year contest

Photos of Eurasian Hoopoe, Rufous Hummingbird, Snowy Owl, and Yellow-billed Oxpecker are among the 2019 shortlisted images … Read More “10 incredible images from the Bird Photographer of the Year contest”

A dozen sparrow photos for #WorldSparrowDay

Readers’ pictures of Vesper, Bell’s, Seaside, and Black-throated Sparrows, as well as towhees and juncos … Read More “A dozen sparrow photos for #WorldSparrowDay”

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Locations & Travel

16 must-see birding hotspots in southern Ontario

Writer and photographer Jerry Uhlman shares spring hotspots along Canada’s Riviera … Read More “16 must-see birding hotspots in southern Ontario”

Return to Crane River

Trips to the Platte 19 years apart highlight changes — not in birds, but people … Read More “Return to Crane River”

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”