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Why There are No Birds at Your Feeders Right Now.

Why There are No Birds at Your Feeders Right Now.
Why There are No Birds at Your Feeders Right Now. Maine Birding Field Notes

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Duck Penises Grow Bigger Among Rivals

Duck Penises Grow Bigger Among Rivals
Size matters when it comes to the social setting for some ducks, a new study finds. National Geographic  

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Tropical Fork-tailed Flycatcher sighted in Falmouth, Maine

Tropical Fork-tailed Flycatcher sighted in Falmouth, Maine
Birders flock from far and wide to catch a glimpse of this rare visitor A fork-tailed flycatcher, a bird usually found in South America and last seen in the state 5 years ago, has spent several days at Maine Audubon in Falmouth. Portland Press Herald  

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A Record-Shattering 5 Days at Sandy Point!

A Record-Shattering 5 Days at Sandy Point!
It was a special five-day run at Sandy Point Beach on Cousin’s Island in Yarmouth. It was a record-shattering run in fact, in which I tallied nearly 18,000 migrants engaging in the “Morning Flight,” or “morning re-determined migration” when nocturnally-migrating passerines relocate (to drastically oversimplify things) come sunrise. Maine Birding Field Notes

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Where do birds go in a hurricane?

Where do birds go in a hurricane?
When severe weather hits, humans flee or hunker down and hope for the best. But what about birds? Where do they go? And what happens to migratory birds? Forbes.com              

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Easy ID Points For Separating White-Rumped and SemiPalmated Sandpipers

Easy ID Points For Separating White-Rumped and SemiPalmated Sandpipers
Easy ID Points For Separating White-Rumped and SemiPalmated Sandpipers thewarblerguide.com          

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Maine Young Birders Club

Maine Young Birders Club
Maine Young Birders Club We shared a Mid-July Puffin Cruise with this youth group and were very impressed . . . check them out    Maine Young Birders Club          

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Starlings Aren’t Darling 

Starlings Aren’t Darling 
Starlings Aren't Darling Starlings are a poster bird for introductions gone wrong.    Northern Woodlands            

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Brown Booby

Brown Booby
Brown Booby A bird typically seen in southern Florida or Hawaii was spotted over the last few days in Windham, NH. WMUR-TV              

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Birding in Hawaii

Birding in Hawaii
Birding in Hawaii With Hawaii now included in the ABA Big Year Area . . . Here is a great guide to the Islands. Audubon            

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The Hermit Thrush

The Hermit Thrush
Twilight Singer: The Hermit Thrush Northern Woodlands

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Bird/Building Collisions

Bird/Building Collisions
One tall building. One dark and stormy night. 395 dead birds.  Washington Post Hundreds of migratory birds were killed after they slammed into a tall building in Galveston, Tex. (Josh Henderson/Galveston Police Department)

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Two rare sightings in 3 Days in Maine

Two rare sightings in 3 Days in Maine
Two rare sightings in 3 Days in Maine Enthusiasts in Maine record not one but two first-of-their-kind sightings this week as avian visitors from far afield give local watchers something to crow about. Portland Press Herald

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Choosing Binoculars

Choosing Binoculars
Choosing Binoculars If you are going to identify these beautiful creatures farther afield you need a decent pair of binoculars. Ingrid Whitaker          

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Chandler Robbins

Chandler Robbins
Chandler Robbins, friend to birds and birdwatchers, dies at 98: Father of Modern Ornithology Washington Post

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Your next vehicle should be a Subaru

Your next vehicle should be a Subaru
Your next vehicle should be a Subaru: Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Subaru announce eBird for your car: Cornell

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Hummingbird 2017 Map is Up

Hummingbird 2017 Map is Up
Hummingbird 2017 Map is Up: Hummingbird.net’s annual Ruby-throated Hummingbird tracking Map is up Learn More

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Bird Identification Basics

Bird Identification Basics
Bird Identification Basics: Here are some tips to for beginning birders (by Ingrid Whitaker) BigYearBirding.com

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Getting Started Identifying Birds

Getting Started Identifying Birds
Getting Started Identifying Birds: Some Tried and True Advice for Getting Started (by Ingrid Whitaker) BigYearBirding.com

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Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings Nomads from the North  Northern Woodlands

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The Butcher Bird

The Butcher Bird
The Butcher Bird The Northern Shrike . . . our Carnivorous Song Bird.  Northern Woodlands  

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Grow These Native Plants So Backyard Birds Can Feast

Grow These Native Plants So Backyard Birds Can Feast
Grow These Native Plants So Backyard Birds Can Feast Native plants beat even the best bird feeder      Audubon

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House Sparrows in Winter

House Sparrows in Winter
House Sparrows in Winter The invasive species that wants your french fries.  Northern Woodlands

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30 Years of Project FeederWatch Yield New Insights About Backyard Birds

30 Years of Project FeederWatch Yield New Insights About Backyard Birds
30 Years of Project FeederWatch Yield New Insights About Backyard Birds Feeder Watch can show us what species are in Trouble  The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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The Blue Jay – Our loud winter companions

The Blue Jay – Our loud winter companions
The Blue Jay – Our loud winter companions Boisterous Blue Jays Flock in Winter Northern Woodlands

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Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl Move over Snowies . . . there is a new Owl in town Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Big Year Birding App ver 3.0 Released

Big Year Birding App ver 3.0 Released
Big Year Birding App ver 3.0 Released Offering all birders from novice to expert a fast and easy way to record sightings in the field. Available for free on the: App Store

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Eagle’s Resurgents

Eagle’s Resurgents
Eagles’ resurgence is bad news for other birds in Maine Bald eagles are a conservation success story, but as their numbers grow, other species are threatened. Portland Press Herald

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New Big Year Record

New Big Year Record
Big Year Record Set John Weigel sets a Big Year Record by seeing an incredible 780 birds in 2016.  Final bird . . . the Whooper Swan.  Audobon.org

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