Fall is a great time to study migrating raptors.  Multiple hawk watch locations around the country are located where the geography funnels large numbers of hawks through the area. Hawk Mountain, PA: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a 2,600-acre natural area in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 30 miles west of Allentown, Pa. It is perhaps the best-known […]

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Sam Crowe on August 28th, 2016

I may be in the minority of people that feed birds but I love Blue Jays.  Whenever a neighbor or birding buddy makes a disparaging remark about a Blue Jay I counter with this quote from the Bent Life History series. “The blue jay is a strong, healthy-looking bird, noisy and boisterous.  He gives us […]

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Sam Crowe on August 21st, 2016

If you went on a birding trip to Melanesia, where would you be?  Any guesses? Melanesia extends from the western end of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Fiji. The region includes the four countries of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Now you know. Each of these […]

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Sam Crowe on August 15th, 2016

The latest video cameras are shooting 4K video.  The results allow amateurs, like me, to end up with fantastic video quality that matches what the experts were doing 20 years ago.  But just as vinyl records have made a comeback, old video formats can still be used effectively. Steven Siegel of Raven on the Mountain […]

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Sam Crowe on August 13th, 2016

Most migratory shorebirds are headed south to their winter home. While most people are staying inside to dodge the summer heat, most shorebirds are migrating south. Large numbers and a great variety of shorebirds can be seen this time of year. Where to see them Shorebirds will be migrating across much of the United States.  […]

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Sam Crowe on August 7th, 2016

These “lover of grubs” are spectacular birds. Campephilus is the genus of several large woodpeckers (12 species, 2 of which are now probably extinct.)  The name Campephilus means lover of grubs.  They (the birds) are found in Mexico, Central and South America. And previously in the United States. The most famous is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.  […]

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The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has been celebrating its 100th anniversary with a series of centennial events.  As part of the celebration all national parks (including monuments and memorials) will be offering free entrance from August 25 to August 28, 2016. That’s a Thursday through Sunday.  The perfect time for a quick trip before […]

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