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Sam Crowe on November 6th, 2017

The widespread Loggerhead Shrike is an uncommon breeding or year-round resident across much of the U.S. Despite being classified as a Passerine (the group containing most of our songbirds) and lacking the strong, gripping talons of hawks, falcons, and eagles, it is a predatory species capable of taking insects, snakes, rodents, and birds nearly as […]

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Sam Crowe on October 28th, 2017

The American Birding Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550 in partnership with the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The meeting will include an update on efforts to save Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and […]

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Sam Crowe on October 23rd, 2017

The recent hurricanes that blasted through the Caribbean have done untold damage to people and wildlife. Reviewing Irma’s carnage is painful. Video from Cuba’s northern Cays shows flamingos killed outright or slowing dying from the impacts of this intense storm. In Barbuda, almost every building was left uninhabitable, and the vegetation seems to be virtually […]

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Sam Crowe on October 17th, 2017

Whooping Cranes are returning to Texas – what is left after Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey did a number on the Texas coast, with damage as far south as the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, home to wintering populations of the beautiful Whooping Crane.  One of the major incentives for developing other Whooping Crane populations was the […]

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Sam Crowe on October 9th, 2017

Hawk migration is well underway. Hawk watchers at the major hawk watch locations are turning in large numbers of sightings. ON Sept 30, the Corpus Christi, Texas site counted 17,163 hawks migrating along the Texas coast on their way south for the winter. Most were Broad-winged but Mississippi Kites, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned […]

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Sam Crowe on September 24th, 2017

One of my favorite and most important web sites is the Boreal Songbird Initiative. Habitat loss is the most significant threat to native bird and animal specials. North America’s boreal forest, which spans the northern portion of the continent from Alaska all the way to Newfoundland, covers an astonishing 1.5 billion acres, making it larger […]

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Sam Crowe on September 18th, 2017

The American Birding Expo is North America’s most extensive gathering of birding-related products, services, companies, destinations, and organizations. That’s why we call it “the world of birding in one place!” Whether you’re a world-traveling bird chaser, just starting out as a bird watcher, or only interested in the birds in your backyard, the Expo has […]

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The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every team that observes the year’s “Golden Bird” has a chance to win $500. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this […]

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Sam Crowe on August 30th, 2017

For the third year in a role Mississippi Kites have nested near my home near Dallas. My home backs up to a golf course which provides excellent soaring space for the young kites. They are active much of the day and sometimes swoop by within 30-40 feet of my home. Last year I watched one […]

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Sam Crowe on August 21st, 2017

While many birders flock to air conditioned comfort during August, many shorebird species will start their southern migration during the month. According to the Stanford web site more than 20 million shorebirds migrate through the United States to the Arctic each year. The web page includes the following information. “As a group, shorebirds undertake some […]

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