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Green Jay by James Hyden

Bird of the Week: Green Jay

3/2/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Whenever I find the time to travel, I tend to head for the Tropics, in part to enjoy the exotic and unfamiliar birdlife. Four years ago, however, I spotted in a dense thicket one of the most exotic-looking birds I’ve […] Read more >

Gray Jay by Minette Layne

Bird of the Week: Gray Jay

2/13/2011 // By Laura Tangley

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Dark-eyed Junco by Mike Baird

Bird of the Week: Dark-eyed Junco

1/31/2011 // By Laura Tangley

With snow blanketing much of the East Coast, it’s not surprising that one of the most abundant species now visiting seed feeders in my Washington, DC, Certified Wildlife Habitat® is the dark-eyed junco. Nicknamed “snowbirds,” dark-eyed juncos are the most […] Read more >

Bald eagle by Andrew Nicholson.

Bird of the Week: Bald Eagle

1/14/2011 // By Laura Tangley

National symbol of the United States, the bald eagle also is an extraordinary conservation success story. Some wildlife experts estimate that when the first Europeans arrived on the continent, between 250,000 and 500,000 bald eagles occupied the country, about 100,000 of […] Read more >

Northern Cardinal by Howard Cheek

Bird of the Week: Northern Cardinal

12/22/2010 // By Laura Tangley

No other bird symbolizes Christmas quite like the northern cardinal. Bright red males of this species adorn everything from greeting cards to clothing, wrapping paper, tree ornaments and other decorations this time of year. Throughout much of the United States, […] Read more >

Black-capped Chickadee by Gary Garton

Bird of the Week: Black-capped Chickadee

12/8/2010 // By Laura Tangley

If you live in the northern half of the United States, the odds are good that a black-capped chickadee will visit your property this winter. The most widespread of North America’s seven species of chickadee, it also is one of […] Read more >

Rufous Hummingbird by David M. Schindler

Bird of the Week: Rufous Hummingbird

12/1/2010 // By Laura Tangley

  About a week before Thanksgiving, fellow science writer Rick Borchelt spotted a “way out of season and way out of range” rufous hummingbird feasting at his backyard sugar-water feeder in College Park, Maryland. Since then, “I have been overrun […] Read more >

Wild Turkeys by Cal Bebee

Bird of the Week: Wild Turkey

11/22/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Like many of us this holiday, the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts, probably feasted on turkey that legendary first Thanksgiving. In 1621, the big, handsome birds were plentiful throughout northeastern forests. They also were an important source of protein for the […] Read more >

Bird of the Week: Dickcissel

11/10/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Stroll across a Midwestern prairie anytime between late spring and early fall, and you’ll rarely be out of ear shot of the dickcissel’s distinctive trill: see-see, dick-dick, ciss-ciss-ciss. Stocky, streaked, meadowlark-lookalikes with a cardinal’s stout beak, these birds throng North […] Read more >

White-throated sparrow by Pamla Wells

Bird of the Week: White-Throated Sparrow

11/3/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Iconic winter birds for backyard wildlife enthusiasts across much of the United States, white-throated sparrows already are bringing smiles to our faces as they return from northern breeding grounds and begin visiting our feeders this cold-weather season. Dull-colored but strikingly […] Read more >

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