The indigo bunting is one of Illinois’ most colorful and common summer songbirds. (Gretchen Steele)Just call me a bird nerd, I suppose. I don’t think I fall into the hard-core birder category by any means; at best, I am a casual bird watcher. But, I love photographing birds, and my all-time love of waterfowl has led me to be fascinated…
There are lots of reasons to stop feeding birds in the spring, and HPAI is one of them.
Some foods not so good for our feathered friends.
While others appear to be down, some Pennsylvania bird species were actually more common the past few months.
Substantially larger than a bald eagle, a massive Steller’s sea eagle has thrilled wildlife watchers in the northeastern United States this winter.
Birders who watch certain species long enough eventually will view them pursuing a surprising variety of prey.
Birding and photography communities mourn the loss of a great friend and mentor.
The condition appears to effect only young blue jays and grackles, not other species or animals.
Feeding and watching birds includes the responsibility of cleaning up after our sometimes messy feathered friends before serious problems arise.
The pandemic, which shut so many people inside their homes, has led to an increased appreciation of nature in general, and of outdoor activities like hiking, gardening and birding at locations across the county.NEW YORK — This spring, longtime Central Park birder and naturalist Gabriel Willow is feeling a little less nervous than he did a year ago. Standing on…
Author has noticed late arrival of many avian species.
It’s not apocalyptic when birds go missing at your winter feeder … In fact, the reason might be a cool raptor.
If you’re looking to add one of the world’s largest owls to your lifetime birding or bucket list, this winter offers some prime opportunities across the region.
Hoards of northern finches like crossbills and grosbeaks are entertaining Americans stuck at home this winter.
In winter, open water is often as hard for birds to find as available food. (Photo courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation) I’m an unabashed hunter and that includes both gamebirds and waterfowl. I’m equally an unabashed bird feeder and we have a bird feeding station at my home year-around. I also hunt squirrels and welcome them at my feeders,…
As hummingbird feeding season 2020 winds down, you already can start planting and working toward next spring by considering hummingbird-attracting flowers.
Are critters really more abundant, or are citizens working from home simply seeing more of the birds and mammals that always have lived among us?
With coronavirus restrictions dragging on, interest in bird-watching has soared as bored Americans notice a fascinating world just outside their windows.
During this challenging time, find comfort in the great outdoors and enjoy the upcoming peak of the spring migration.
Tackle these duties before the snow melts for better bird nesting success and health this spring.
Have you noticed that the number of birds visiting your yard each winter seems to fluctuate year to year?
Find some open water along the Mississippi River drainage from the Twin Cities on south, and you’ll often see adult bald eagles.
There’s a method to the madness of our avian friends managing the defecations of nestlings during the summer, and the clues are surprisingly obvious to a trained eye.
One of the writer’s favorites is the bobolink, which generally appears in early to mid-May in the Southern Tier. It’s been a strange spring gobbler season, full of the usual highs and lows, filled tags, close calls, and near misses. A mid-season gobbling lull could be blamed on some wet and cool weather, but there always seemed to be a…
You’ll see migrating American white pelicans sporting longer feathers and a growth on their beaks.
If someone tries to convince you ruffed grouse are chirping from an urban wetland in April or May (or anytime), they’re probably wrong.