Midwest Birding

Originally posted on Best of the Midwest! Hiking – nature – photography:
Beautiful Birds of the Midwest  The every popular Western Meadowlark.  The western meadowlark has distinctive calls described as watery or flute-like, which distinguish it from the closely related eastern meadowlark. The western meadowlark is the state bird of six states: Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming. ? The Hooded and Common Merganser.  In most places, the common merganser is… Continue reading Midwest Birding

Hike & Go Seek – Maquoketa Caves State Park

Originally posted on Best of the Midwest! Hiking – nature – photography:
This park contains more caves than any other state park in Iowa. A trail system links the caves, formations, and overlooks while providing a scenic hiking experience. Many areas on these trails have seen new construction, making the journey to the caves safer. Most of the caves may be entered by persons of average physical ability, but… Continue reading Hike & Go Seek – Maquoketa Caves State Park

The Curious Behavior of the Spotted Towhee

Originally posted on Wickersham's Conscience:
Spotted Towhee, Cecil Andrus WMA, Idaho The Spotted Towhee is a generalist species, breeding in a wide range of habitats, within a relatively narrow elevation range. In the Intermountain West, it’s found between 760 and 1,830 meters. But within that elevation range, it is found in everything from deserts to conifer forests, and most habitats in between. This bird… Continue reading The Curious Behavior of the Spotted Towhee

Return of Bird of the Week: Violet Sabrewing

Originally posted on Wickersham's Conscience:
Violet Sabrewing, Costa Rica Another stunningly beautiful hummingbird, to which WC’s photo doesn’t begin to do justice. A gem of purple, blue and green, with a strongly decurved bill, this is another ridiculously colorful hummingbird. It’s also Central America’s largest hummingbird, measuring 15 centimeters (a little over 5.25 inches). Unlike most hummingbirds, male Sabrewings compete for females on a… Continue reading Return of Bird of the Week: Violet Sabrewing

IN THIS ECONOMY, IS IT STILL RELEVANT TO STUDY BIRDS?

Originally posted on BRAKES AND BEAKS:
Locally, people are mostly clueless as to why some would dedicate their lives in studying birds. Everyone has their brief encounter with birds although the effect, of course, varies. Some would just shrug and move on upon seeing these flying animals, others would feel challenged and develop a need to conquer them. A limited few will become curious about… Continue reading IN THIS ECONOMY, IS IT STILL RELEVANT TO STUDY BIRDS?

The Adorable Avian Adventurers Found in the City

Originally posted on BRAKES AND BEAKS:
Let’s get this out of the way: the city isn’t really the best place to do some birdwatching. The noise, the foot traffic, and the pollution are not really palatable for most tropical birds. But, there are limited places in the city that allow birds to roam freely and co-exist peacefully with humans. Here in the Philippines, abandoned real… Continue reading The Adorable Avian Adventurers Found in the City