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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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Sam Crowe on June 16th, 2019

This spotting scope features the Dual-Speed Focus system, allowing the user to move between near objects and long-range targets quickly, while enjoying the benefits of fine focusing and sharpness correction. A notable innovation of the Victory® Harpia is the relocation of the magnification ring from the eyepiece to the spotting scope body, alongside the focus […]

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Sam Crowe on April 21st, 2019

Birds can fly because they have low weight and lots of power. Their feathers, wings, hollow bones, warm bloodedness, powerful breast muscles, and a strong heart all contribute to this ability. Last week, we discussed body weight and feathers. This week we cover: Strong Body SystemsThe avian repertory system includes a unique system of five […]

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The woodcock is a strange little “shorebird” of moist woodlands. Here is how it is described in the Bent Life History series. “This mysterious hermit of the alders, this recluse of the boggy thickets, this wood nymph of crepuscular habits is a common bird and well distributed in our Eastern States, widely known, but not […]

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Sam Crowe on February 18th, 2019

For some birds color is for camouflage.  For others, it is used to attract the right mate.  Even baby birds use color to get their needs met.  The inside of the mouth of many baby birds is bright red, a visual cue for the parents to feed them.  As the babies grow and become independent, […]

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Sam Crowe on September 21st, 2018

(From The Birding Community E-Bulletin) On 13 April of this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced the successful recovery of the Black-capped Vireo, thus removing the species from Endangered Species List protection for this once-beleaguered species. Thirty years ago, the population was down to only about 350 individuals. Today, however, there are […]

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Sam Crowe on August 6th, 2018

Birding Products Showcase to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Birders interested in a hands-on experience with the latest binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras will have the opportunity to do so at the American Birding Expo. This year’s event will be held September 21-23rd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Admission is $10.00. The American Birding […]

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Sam Crowe on July 5th, 2018

The 2018 Whooping Crane nesting survey on Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada located 86 nests. This is the second highest count on record with a total of 98 nests counted in 2017. Rhona Kindott, Manager of Resource Conservation told Friends of the Wild Whoopers that the nesting survey was conducted during May 25 through May […]

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Sam Crowe on May 21st, 2018

Scientists now believe they have identified a new species of a Bird-of-Paradise. Watch this terrific video to see if you agree.

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Sam Crowe on May 7th, 2018

The BirdCast web site provides projected information on on areas of high migration intensity. The forecasts powered by 23 years of radar observations and the most recent North American Mesoscale weather forecast.  Migration forecasts show predicted nocturnal migration 3 hours after local sunset and are updated every 6 hours.

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