Laura's Birding Blog
For the love, understanding, and protection of birds
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Interesting Acorn Woodpecker Research
Last year, Storey published a book of mine, The Love Lives of Birds , in which we highlighted 35 species and their different approaches to a...
Monday, August 30, 2021
Interesting Hummingbird Research
My backyard is still buzzing with hummingbird activity, but I haven’t seen an adult male in two days, and numbers of adult females and you...
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Identifying and Misidentifying Birds
In my blogpost about out-of-range hummingbirds, I quoted Scott Weidensaul, who noted that the out-of-range birds that appear in the East usu...
Monday, August 23, 2021
One of the first things we birders in the eastern half of the continent learn is that the only hummingbird that ranges here is the Ruby-thro...
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
The seasonality of life can be entirely different within just one single species, sometimes varying by age, sex, or both. Take Ruby-throate...
Monday, August 16, 2021
Dogged Birding after the Dog Days of Summer
Red-eyed Vireos will be passing through from now into September. It’s still hot out there, but the dog days of summer officially ended on Au...
Thursday, August 5, 2021
One gloomy November back in the 80s, the sun came out just once, on my birthday as it happened. I remember how melancholy that month was, a ...
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Of Nighthawks and Kind People
Yesterday, I got an email from someone named Dan who was in the middle of a nighthawk emergency. I virtually never give out my home phone nu...
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Of Heat, Rain, and Particles in the Air
I’m writing this on July 18, 2021, at my place in Duluth, Minnesota. There’s not a cloud in the sky, but the sky isn’t blue—more of a murky ...
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