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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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Sam Crowe on November 10th, 2019

The Hawkwatch season in the U.S. is starting to wind down.  The Corpus Christi, TX hawk watch has recorded 30 raptor species and over 500,000 individuals. The champion hawk watch site is at Veracruz, Mexico, where single day accounts can exceed over 350,000 Broad-winged Hawks in a single day. 

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Sam Crowe on October 26th, 2019

The large Brown Jay was once somewhat regular along the lower Rio Grande River in far south Texas.  Never common, the rare visitor seems to have retreated back across the Rio Grand and has become a Texas review species.  Several years ago I shot this short video of Brown Jays feeding on orange halves and marshmallows […]

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Sam Crowe on October 19th, 2019

As more ducks are starting to show up in their winter homes it is a good time to review duck and waterfowl identification.  The Birdzilla.com web site has an excellent section on Waterfowl Identification.

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Sam Crowe on September 29th, 2019

What causes a bird to start migration?  The Germans call it “zugunruhe” or migratory restlessness.  There are several factors that influence the beginning of migration, including the amount of daylight.  How birds find their way is a trickier manner.   A researcher at Cornell University used Indigo Buntings to study the migration urge and migration […]

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Sam Crowe on September 17th, 2019

A world apart, the toucan and the hornbill have an amazingly similar approach to feeding, designed to accommodate their large bills. One often seen feeding on the ground, an another favoring the trees.

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Sam Crowe on July 20th, 2019

The new “Dick Stamps” are now available for purchase. Duck stamps are used for habitat conservation and enrichment and benefit wildlife of many kinds. Scot Storm, a native of Freeport, Minnesota, was selected as the winning artist of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, and 16-year-old Nicole Jeon of Scarsdale, New York, was selected as the […]

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Sam Crowe on July 14th, 2019

The end of July marks the start of a two week experience to the Pantanal region of Brazil. This is not a dedicated birding trip as I will be traveling with non-birders, my brother Mark, and brother-in-law Roger. We have hired Fisher Sousa of Wildlife Pantanal Tours to be our guide for the 10 days […]

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