Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-winged blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, family Icteridae, a passerine bird. Above: drawings/photo-painting; (far left) Male red-winged blackbird, The nest, (right) Female red-winged blackbird. Artist: Brenda Sherburn These well decorated birds are the most abundant...
Dodo Bird & Tree of the Dragon

Dodo Bird & Tree of the Dragon

Again we are finding the relationship between birds and trees are far more reaching than we thought. The above photograph is of one of the only complete skeleton of a single dodo found in 1903 on Mauritius. It’s hard to say exactly what the dodo bird would have...
Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

It was easter weekend and I called my mom & dad in northern New Hampshire. My mom was excited because she saw about dozen robins in her back yard. As you know, the Eastern US has had a hard winter, but the Baker River Valley where my parents live just missed most...
Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Last week my friend Brian called. He had found a grounded bird outside and wasn’t sure if it was stunned or injured. He asked me what he should do—I always worry about grounded birds because of domestic or feral cats that can be lurking in the shadows.  I...
Raven

Raven

I wake up early in the morning to the sounds of croaking and knocking calls of a pair of ravens sitting on the railing of our deck.  These ravens has become our alarm clock. My partner jumps out of bed, grabs some food for them,  runs out and places it on the railing...
Return of the Swallows

Return of the Swallows

Yesterday midmorning I was on our deck looking down the hillside to see if any of our fruit trees were in blossom yet.  I had been sick with a terrible cold and wanted to get some fresh air.  All of a sudden soaring gracefully in the sky— there they were. The...
Jerdon’s Babbler

Jerdon’s Babbler

Thank you, Justin! This article by Justin Moyer /photo courtesy of WCS Though we’re officially in the the Holocene (“entirely recent”) epoch, some scientists say we’re actually living in an age they call the Anthropocene. As Smithsonian magazine put it: “They argue...
Time To Get Serious About Wildlife

Time To Get Serious About Wildlife

Reading the UN News can make you cry sometimes. Today another article puts on record the illegal wildlife trade which includes the birds, too.  As rhinos are slaughtered their numbers dwindle and many of our large mammals may soon disappear off the face of the Earth...