When a Bird Becomes an Individual: the One-legged Great Egret

Andy McGannBanding, Bird Websites, eBird, Nemesis Bird Podcast, ScienceLeave a Comment

Books can be (and are) written about the ornithological knowledge gained through studies that involve the practice known as “bird banding” (or “ringing” overseas). To put it simply, banding involves the capture and marking of a wild bird with a unique serial number.  In the USA and Canada, those numbers are generated by the US Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Laboratory. … Read More

Banding the Saw-whets

Drew WeberBird News, Conservation IssuesLeave a Comment

female Northern Saw-whet Owl A few nights ago I had the opportunity to help band saw-whet owls at a Girl Scout camp close to Halifax, PA. This excited me because, although saw-whet owls are one of the commonest owls in Canada and the northern US, I have rarely seen them. These owls are tiny, with the males only weighing as … Read More

The Hungry Herring

Drew WeberBird Sightings, Photography2 Comments

While at Barnegat Light State Park in New Jersey late last year I was lucky enough to photograph a Herring Gull chopping down on a nice looking sea star. I normally associate sea stars with Florida or the West Coast because that is where I have seen the most and so I was surprised at first when I recognized the … Read More

The Christmas Post

Drew WebereBird, General News and Info1 Comment

Now that Christmas is officially over I feel as if I should past what I got today. Highlights include a brand new eastern edition of Sibley’s, a tiny little camera case, an awesome Mountain Hardwear down vest, and some clothes. But the most exciting present of all was a year’s subscription to Birds of North America (BNA) Online from Cornell … Read More