Fifteen Fun Feather Facts
Jul 24, 2014

Fifteen Fun Feather Facts

All birds—and only birds—have feathers, but how much do you know about feathers, really? WBB managing editor Dawn Hewitt shares surprising facts!
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Have You Ever Seen a Night-Heron?
Jul 17, 2014

Have You Ever Seen a Night-Heron?

Crack open your field guide to the long-legged waders, and your gaze will probably get snagged on the showy white birds, or the familiar great blue heron. Then, you'll probably notice their colorful cousins, the little blue heron, the green heron, and the reddish egret. But on a page nearby, have you noticed the night-herons? Both in the field guide and in the field, the two North American night-herons are easy to overlook.
The Masked Bandit of the Mountains
Jul 10, 2014

The Masked Bandit of the Mountains

A common and widespread bird in the forests of the mountain West, the mountain chickadee prefers to live in or near conifers. Like its chickadee relatives, the mountain chickadee is active and noisy as it forages high in the tall trees, often in mixed flocks with other species.
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Barn Swallow: At Home in the Air
Jul 3, 2014

Barn Swallow: At Home in the Air

The barn swallow is named for its preferred nesting location of barns. This species seems to define what it means to be at home in the air. One early naturalist estimated that a barn swallow that lived ten years would fly more than two million miles, enough to travel eighty-seven times around the earth.
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Are You Overlooking These Summer Birds?
Jun 26, 2014

Are You Overlooking These Summer Birds?

If you're anything like me, you probably spend a fair number of summertime evenings relaxing outside with a good book and your favorite beverage, casually noting the bird activity around you. If feeders or nest boxes are nearby, you're probably noticing chickadees, hummingbirds, bluebirds, swallows, and other expected birds, depending upon where you live. But what about the many other species that are more easily overlooked, either because they don't commonly visit feeders or use nest boxes, or because they tend to stay hidden in the treetops? Here are six surprisingly common birds that may be sharing your backyard, park, or other favorite summertime space.
Five Tips for Summer Birding
Jun 19, 2014

Five Tips for Summer Birding

Now that the buzz and tingle of spring migration is over, we birders can shift our attention to the low thrum of summer and the nesting season. This can be a tough transition. Bird numbers don't match those at the height of migration, bird activity such as singing is beginning to wane, and the weather (depending upon where you live) can get uncomfortably hot. A birding friend of mine said recently, "Summer birding is boring, if you don't know how to get into it." She's right. So here are some tips for "getting into it!"
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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
Jun 13, 2014

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Want to make your own nectar for feeding hummingbirds? It's easy! All you need is the right proportion of sugar and water.
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Summer Caption Contest
Jun 6, 2014

Summer Caption Contest

Here's a great picture of a prothonotary warbler rocketing out of its nest box at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Northwest Ohio. Got an idea for a caption?
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