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Sam Crowe on January 31st, 2021

Breeding Bird Surveys monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent. Professional BBS coordinators and data managers work closely with researchers and statisticians to compile and deliver these population data […]

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Sam Crowe on November 29th, 2020

Cedar Waxwings migrate to the southern part of the United States during the winter. I live in Texas and have not noticed them yet but they must be around.  They usually visit my yard in the spring. These beautiful and distinctive birds are described in the Bent Life History series as follows: “Cedar waxwings impress […]

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Sam Crowe on November 1st, 2020

We are excited to announce that the new Photographic Guide to the Birds of North America is now available.  Designed for beginner to intermediate level birders it covers 650 species.  The guide includes range maps and 2,000 color photographs.  Birds are organized by habitat.  The guide also includes information on attracting and feeding birds. […]

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Sam Crowe on March 12th, 2020

The Institute for Bird Population Studies recently posted a series of recordings of the song of the “Thick-billed” Fox Sparrow.  Some of the recordings they describe as being different sound remarkable similar to me, I guess I lack the trained ear of the researcher. One note I found interesting is that the Thick-billed Fox Sparrow […]

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Sam Crowe on January 5th, 2020

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Scientists now say that since birds evolved from dinosaurs the egg came first.  In either case bird eggs are an amazing invention. Bird eggs begin essentially as a food sac or yolk.  The fertilized egg cell is part of the yolk and rests on its surface. It […]

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Sam Crowe on December 21st, 2019

The beautiful Aplomado Falcon was once extinct in the United States. Re-introduction efforts in far south Texas are being successful. Aplomado falcons are most often seen in pairs. They do not build their own nests, but use stick nests built by other birds. Pairs work together to find prey and flush it from cover. Aplomados […]

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Sam Crowe on December 14th, 2019

The majestic Golden Eagle is not as wide-spread as the better known Bald Eagle, at least in the United States. It is, however, found in Europe and Asia. The Bent Life History Series has this to say about the Golden Eagle. “This magnificent eagle has long been named the King of Birds, and it well […]

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Sam Crowe on December 8th, 2019

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are now in their 118th year.   The counts are a fun way to get outside and do a little counting for the birds.  All skill levels are invited and there is no cost to participate. Visit the Audubon web site to find a location near you.

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Sam Crowe on November 30th, 2019

Enormous hazards face birds even before they hatch. Although the odds against one individual bird appear staggering, avian species as a whole survive well, except where they are threatened by the man-made effects of environmental destruction or poisoning. The life span of most birds in the wild may be no more than six months to […]

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Sam Crowe on November 23rd, 2019

The small Bufflehead is one of my favorite ducks. It also a favorite of others, as witnessed by this description of the Bufflehead as described in the Bent Life History Series. “The propriety of applying the name ” spirit duck” to this sprightly little duck will be appreciated by anyone who has watched it in […]

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