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

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

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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