What’s in a Name: Northern Goshawk
At the request of blog management, I’m embarking on a series of posts on the names of birds. Since we’ve…
Tales of Remarkable Birds by Dominic Couzens
Dominic Couzens is a prolific writer who has published tens of books on birds and birding in addition to his…
Oh The Places I’ll Go
So I went to Staten Island, perhaps best summed up by a web comic: Now they’re just makin’ up places….
In Sunlight or in Shadow
Those of you who go outside like actual birders and/or adults may not be aware of the latest craze to…
Bleak Midwinter Update
I’ve mentioned before the odd melancholy that comes from seeing extraordinary birds while knowing that the extraordinary circumstances that brought…
The Most Interesting Gull in the World
As I had cause to observe last weekend, the great divide between birders and nonbirders is best expressed through gulls….
Washashore by Suzanne Goldsmith
The early teen years are prime time for kids to adopt environmentalism as a cause. The human sense of fairness…
Back to Forest Park – and a Review of the Opticron Natura BGA
I was feeling fairly disheartened. My big year, after starting off with an incredible rarity, had fizzled. A literal wild…
Kingbirds, eBird, and the Quest for Knowledge
Somehow, the Couch’s Kingbird is still there. Or was as of yesterday, according to the New York birding list serv….
Little Big Year
Despite my fraught relationship with listing, there’s always been part of me that loves the idea of a Big Year….