A Birdwatcher’s Library

A Birdwatcher’s Library It turns out one of the things you tend to collect as a birder is books about birds. Birdwatching is in many ways less about watching birds as it is identifying what in heck you’re watching, and properly identifying birds turns out...

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When birding goes magical

On Sunday, April 8, five of us assembled at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve in South Santa Clara County for a Big Sit in support of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Birdathon event, which raises funds every year for the chapter activities. This preserve is fairly new...

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Introducing Siliconvalleybirding.org

As I mentioned yesterday, I did this thing, and now I’m happy to tell people about it and let people use it if they find it useful. I’ve built a new web site, Siliconvalleybirding.org. It’s designed to be a guide to birding here in Santa Clara County and to connect...

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I made a thing

So I made this thing. I started planning it about a month ago, and I started actively writing and building it about two and a half weeks ago, and the middle of last week, I realized if I put some focus on it, I could get it finished and out into the world where people...

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Nesting Bald Eagles in the Bay Area

Much to pretty much everyone's surprise, a pair of bald eagles decided to nest in a tree in the front of an elementary school in Milpitas. This is unusual for a few reasons, because this species usually nests near water and they are generally not terribly happy at...

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Visiting the Central Valley Refuges

During the winter I head out into the central valley as many times as I can to visit the refuges while the winter migrants are living there. I’ve get requests on where to go and what to expect, so I’ve written up a few notes on these trips and what to...

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Ten Years as a Birder

I realized the other day that I was about to celebrate an anniversary: May 16, 2006 was the day I stopped being a person who walked around with binoculars and started being a birder. The difference is purely a personal and semantical one. I am in fact still someone...

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Fall is coming

This morning I read the first report of Sandhill Cranes heard flying south over the Sacramento area. Our winter visitors are starting to arrive -- and in case anyone is wondering, this is a few weeks early, but given the weird weather in the western region, nothing...

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Refuge Run 2015

Refuge Run 2015 -- I took a couple of days away from everything and went up to the Central Valley around Williams, California so I could spend time at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. These are just far enough away from home...

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Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival 2014

I'm back from the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival. I've been trying to sync this into my schedule for three years now and finally did; it's the first time I've participated in a festival like this. For those that don't know what I'm talking about, birding festivals let...

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Birding in 2013

It looks like my birding year is more or less done, I don't expect to get out and do any significant birding until the new year. My year list closes at 191 species, highest since 2010. A small number for many birds (it looks like the big year record has just been...

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A teaching moment on Bird ID.

Back at work after two weeks off, and getting back into the swim of things. It was nice to completely unplug for a bit and recharge the batteries. I definitely needed it… One thing I did was what I like to call a "long day" out birding and doing bird photography; up...

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Bird photography code of ethics

I normally don't post entire articles when I reference them, but I think it's important to get these rules in as many eyeballs as possible. It seems like we have a discussion about once a year or so on one of the birding lists I'm on (and disclosure: I'm one of the...

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The bird(ing) and me…

I never intended to become a birder. It just happened. You don't need to be a birder to look at birds. You aren't a birder because you carry binoculars. Birding is -- ultimately -- all about birds, but has nothing to do with birds. Birding is the community that...

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