Sam Crowe on September 26th, 2016

A widely used phrase for developing a bird-friendly yard is “habitat development.”  Plant a few trees, shrubs and flowers, add a water feature and you are done – habitat developed. I prefer to think of my home, its two inhabitants and the surrounding yard, as a micro-ecosystem.   If a giant, and oddly shaped bell jar […]

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Sam Crowe on September 21st, 2016

One of the most interest facets of bird watching is studying bird behavior..  The behavior of a bird, including posture, the way they move, feed and fly can be distinctive enough to identify a bird just by its behavior.   Here are my five favorite bird behaviors, mostly learned early in my birding career, which is […]

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Sam Crowe on September 11th, 2016

Euphonias and chlorophonias are neotropical birds in the finch family.  They were previously placed in the tanager family.  DNA research has moved them to the finches but future research may change things again. They are typically small, colorful birds about 4 inches long. They primarily feed on fruit and berries and will also take small […]

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Sam Crowe on September 5th, 2016

The path of Hurricane Hermine seems ideal for birders looking to discover birds far removed from their normal range.  As it moved through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico the eye of the storm trapped thousands of birds that were then forced far north of their normal range. As birds encounter rotating hurricane force winds […]

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