Category Archives: Finding Different Species

Nashville Warbler Underside – Field Notes

Since Saturday’s weather was lousy for photos, and I didn’t get any decent ones Sunday, I’ll go with field notes from the weekend concerning Nashville Warbler Underside pattern. I have previously covered this topic and with migration getting into swing, now … Continue reading

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Red-headed Woodpecker Flight

I have repeatedly harped since I started this blog about taking the time to read and reread your favorite field guide. And I have repeatedly stated that I wished I would follow my own advice. That has to change since I … Continue reading

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Distinguishing Two High-Pitched Calls

As I referenced in my last post I spent 3 hours at the local park last weekend. Besides the woodpeckers another reason I was there that long was I finally took the time distinguishing two high-pitched calls – the Brown … Continue reading

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Migration Pathways – Stuck in the Middle

As I stated a couple of weeks ago one of the reasons I was glad to see migrating Turkey Vultures is I rarely get to see any migrating raptors. And I think the main reason is I live between the main migration … Continue reading

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Hairy Woodpecker – Common?

Let’s say you got the following request:  “I’m from out of your area and will be in town next week. And I really want to see a Hairy Woodpecker. Could you help?” I don’t know about you but my reply would … Continue reading

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4 Simple Steps to ID Raptors in Flight

One of the biggest problems I had starting out birding was learning the bigger birds that flew by at a distance.  I’m not talking far away or up in the clouds, but birds at a reasonable distance that I thought … Continue reading

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What Modern Research Says About Learning Birds – Part 2

Last week I wrote about my search for a better way to learn birds. I will now conclude the story. (link to last week’s blog) What the Researchers Discovered The researchers found out that the most effective way of learning … Continue reading

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Birding 2015 – Up 4 Already

If you have been following this blog, you know I would be content to bird my local area. But by having a birding goal or plan it gives me the push to explore different areas and habitats. Something I, and everyone else, … Continue reading

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March Forecast – 2014 – Hopefully Open Water !

I had planned to post this last Saturday but the arrival of the Long-tailed Duck made me shift blogging gears. I don’t care how long I have been birding, but at the start of every month I still go through … Continue reading

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Finding Uncommon Birds in Winter – Open Water

On my first Christmas Bird Count several years ago I came to know the importance of water in a bird’s life.  It was a typical December in North-Central Illinois and Tom Williams and I were doing the NW corner of … Continue reading

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