Avian Vocalists

Around your bird feeder, in the shrubs, or overhead in the sky you can hear birds making sounds all through the year, but during courtship and nesting in the spring oral communications between birds are much more obvious and frequent. Briefly, songs are complex sounds typically used during breeding season…

Birds and Airplanes

In 2009, there were 10,000 reported incidents of airplanes and birds colliding, the most famous of which resulted in the landing of a passenger jet in the Hudson River. Bird strikes, as they are called, are increasing because the skies are getting more crowded with airplanes. The birds most often…

Flyways and Highways

 Migratory birds travel pretty much the same path north and south each year from nesting to wintering grounds. Geographic features such as mountain ranges tend to funnel them along general routes called flyways. In North America these are: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic. Any particular bird species travels part of…

Becoming an Ornithologist

[caption id="attachment_8280" align="alignleft" width="344"] The Ornithologist from Ornithology.com[/caption] I get regular inquiries from high school students, their parents, college students, and older folks looking for a new career, wanting to know how to get into the field of ornithology. Without reiterating everything I have already posted on Ornithology.com about careers which…

Hummingbirds

  [caption id="attachment_8903" align="alignleft" width="579"] Violet Saberwing Hummingbird, Campylopterus hemileucurus, [/caption] East of the Mississippi there is one species of hummingbird. West of the Mississippi you may find six or seven species of hummers. It takes a bit of knowledge to tell them apart, especially the females and immatures. That challenge…