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Birders arriving in droves to see Marsh Sandpiper in Solano County

April 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding

The rare arrival of a Marsh Sandpiper to California is big news to birders in this state and beyond. The bird, which is native to Europe and Asia, arrived here a few days ago and has attracted a ton of attention. It’s also lighting up all the birding listservs. The American Birding Association blog has […]

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Spring migration in the city

April 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Brigid McCormack, S.F. Bay, spring migration

The sudden flash of yellow in the tree outside the Daly City BART station stopped me in my tracks. I’d been hustling from the parking lot to catch my 8:30 train — who knows what going through my head: a meeting, a lunch, a conference call, another meeting. But all that was erased completely by […]

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Vote for Audubon Alaska’s Bird of the Year this Week!

March 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Birding

                What species from the Alaska WatchList should be Audubon Alaska’s next Bird of the Year? The bodacious Bar-tailed Godwit, the show-stopping Short-tailed Albatross, or the legendary Lesser Yellowlegs? YOU make the call! The Bird of the Year will be the spokesbird on Audubon Alaska’s 2014 window decals, […]

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Los Angeles leads all U.S. counties in nationwide bird count

March 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird L.A., Birding, Nature education and activities

Already known for the movie business, freeways and surfing, Los Angeles may need to add another one to the list: birdwatching. With the recent release of data from February’s Great Backyard Bird Count, a nationwide birding event, comes news that Los Angeles led all United States counties in the number of reports and species. During the […]

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Green birds of California

March 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Birding, birds and culture

In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite green-hued California birds. Please share yours in the comments. Share on Facebook

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Who hasn’t been this excited about adding a lifer to your list?

February 27th, 2014 · Comments Off · Birding

We were thoroughly entertained by Lisa’s description of her encounter with a Red-naped Sapsucker: I rocketed over to Henry Cowell on Tuesday afternoon to find the RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER. It was about 2:00 pm. I felt thwarted and disheartened after no luck. I went back to move my car from the Roaring Camp parking lot to the Henry Cowell […]

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Stupid bird humor

February 19th, 2014 · Comments Off · Birding, stupid bird humor

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Birds should not be left out of policy discussions around California’s drought

February 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, Brigid McCormack, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Water issues

Even before Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency, the drought was already on everyone’s mind. Farmers, water districts, conservationists, even skiers, knew that record low precipitation had left us in bad shape. Ducks and geese knew it too. But then, they know drought well, because for a bird in California’s Central Valley, the drought is always. […]

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17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is coming soon!

February 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Bird videos, Birding, National Audubon Society

Join in on the fun that is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Since then, more than 100,000 people […]

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We knew crows were smart, but this is incredible

February 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research, Video

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Find your worm

January 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding

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Amazing footage of falcon hunting

January 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird videos, Birding, Video

As technological advances allow researchers to put ever smaller cameras on birds, we’re learning all kinds of amazing things, and seeing some incredible footage. This latest example comes by way of a video camera placed on a falcon, allowing us a birds-eye look at how it hunts (in this case, hunts crows). Particularly amazing are […]

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Did you participate in the 114th Christmas Bird Count Season?

January 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season is over for the year, and compilers are busy putting the records together, checking data sheets for oddities, and sending their results into National Audubon Society.  Thousands of birders covered more than 130 CBC circles across California this year, from remote outposts such as Death Valley to downtown Los […]

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Rare bird alert

January 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Birding

There is a group of Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows at the San Elijo Lagoon in San Diego County. Inconspicuous and smaller than most sparrows, the Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow inhabits a variety of wet prairie and coastal marshes, dominated by grasses and sedges, along the eastern seaboard and the northern plains of North America. There are occasional winter visitors […]

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Outbreak of avian cholera kills 150 ducks in Redwood City

January 14th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Water issues

Sadly,  a pond popular with ducks is experiencing an outbreak of avian cholera that has led to the death of around 150 birds. According to a story on the Redwood City-Woodside Patch: Citing a serious threat to wildlife, the South Bayside System Authority (SBSA) wastewater facility in Redwood City will drain its popular bird-watching pond […]

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