Category Archives: Birding the Americas

The Twelve Days (and Six Birds) of Christmas

In spite of my obsession with birds, my true love never gave me a partridge in a pear tree, let alone any of the five other birds mentioned in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, a carol published in England 214 … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and a Tale of Two Turkeys

When November rolls around, thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, being thankful and, inevitably, turkeys.  Whether turkeys think about our holiday has yet to be proven, and except for the annually-pardoned White House bird, domestic turkeys have no reason to be grateful.  … Continue reading

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Smallest North American Bird, the Calliope Hummingbird

Many of us might guess (correctly) that the California Condor is North America’s largest wild bird, but few of us know that our smallest bird is the Calliope Hummingbird. California Condors are pretty hard to ignore.  Once nearly extinct, and … Continue reading

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Using eBird for a Checklist of Birds in Your Yard

  If you’re like me, you keep track of birds you’ve seen in or from your yard.  Some people write bird sightings on their calendar, some check off birds in a field guide and some keep a formal list in … Continue reading

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The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count

This year will mark the 113th consecutive year that the annual ‘Christmas’ Bird Count takes place.  As you might imagine, the count has changed a lot in 113 years.  Although the first count happened on Christmas Day in 1900, and … Continue reading

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The Incredible Hummingbird

It’s hard to imagine living in a place without hummingbirds, but most people in the world are not likely ever to see one. Better than three percent of the planet’s 10,000 bird species are hummingbirds, but they live only in … Continue reading

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