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Win A Swarovski Scope

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Guess what, gang?

Once again, I have partnered up with Swarovski Optik North America to give away a spotting scope. And this time we are producing a short eight episode web series with birding and digiscoping tips with me and my buddy Clay Taylor. Now for the contest part: the birds in each episode [...]

What To Expect When You’re Married To A Birder

Swarovski ATX Spotting Scope

Having been married to a non birder for a long time, we’ve had to negotiate certain things. You will find yourself having strange arguments and in hindsight, funny misunderstandings. Here’s a video example that Non Birding Bill and I made that anyone considering marring a birder who is a non birder may want to check [...]

Woodcocks At Biggest Week

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Part of the fun of birding at the Biggest Week is I get to see my friend Dale Forbes. I met him a few years ago in Kazakhstan and since then he’s moved on to working full time for Swarovski Optik as a products manager. This is Dale’s first time in North America…so you can [...]

Best Place To Watch Cranes On Earth

Crane Sunrise

A large part of my trip to Israel was spent at the Agamon Hula in northern part of the country. The story of the cranes in the valley is quite amazing and quite recent. I’ve seen crane migration several times in the US, it’s one of my favorite things to watch and encourage others to [...]

Dynamite Kingfishers Of The Hula Valley

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One of the big highlights visiting the Hula Valley in Israel was all the kingfisher action. This is a pied kingfisher, about the size and shape of belted kingfishers but are all crazy black and white. And unlike the kingfishers in my state are incredibly cooperative:

The pieds were especially obliging and would [...]

Merlin vs Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Non Birding Bill and I were over at Mr. Neil’s to do some fall beehive prep (for those who follow, the bees seemed to take my Ned Stark speech well and all but one of the hives actually bumped up production). After we finished checking the hives we were back in the house surfing the [...]

Post Tornado Heron ReNesting Has Chicks!

Young herons

Well the big theme story in the blog this summer was the tornado ravaged great blue herons. Their rookery was blown away in May and some birds attempted to re-nest at Coon Rapids Dam and Marshall Terrace Park. I headed out last week to Marshall Terrace to see if chicks were visible. I had heard [...]

Young Herons From Tornado Released!

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If you’ve been following this blog this summer, you are aware of the tornado that hit Minneapolis in May and destroyed a heron rookery and the recovery and rebuilding.

I got a call from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center that last week and they planned to release 7 of the 9 great blue heron chicks [...]

The Danger Of A Stake Out Bird

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On Monday, a bird call woke me from my sleep. Half asleep I thought, “Why is a robin singing with a cardinal type whistle note?”

Something didn’t add up. I rolled over and pressed nose to the screen trying to wake up and figure it out. This is not a sound I hear in my [...]

Artificial Heron Rookery

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Not long after the North Mississipppi heron rookery was destroyed, there was talk of building an artificial rookery to get them to come back. Now that the herons seemed to have settled on other islands, the situation isn’t as dire–they found plenty other nesting opportunities. However, if an area is missing good nesting sites for [...]