• Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour

    30 days ago - By Bill of the Birds

    For the next two weeks I'll be guiding one of the teams for the first-ever Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour. It's a friendly birding competition that raises both awareness and money for bird conservation in this Central American country.
    I'm excited to see some new birds, like lovely cotinga, plus getting to see some tropical favorites like toucans, trogons, and even resplendent quetzals.
    Lovely cotinga, well-named.
    There are five teams competing, each with an international guide (Jeffrey A. Gordon, Tim Appleton, Richard Crossley, Adam Riley, and myself) plus a Honduran birding...
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  • Last Bird/First Bird of the Year

    Last Bird/First Bird of the Year

    30 days ago - By Bill of the Birds

    My last bird of 2016 was the same as my first bird of 2017. I guess that's got a bit of kismet to it.
    The species was northern cardinal. A male visited the bird feeders on December 31, right at dusk-as cardinals are wont to do. When all the other feeder visitors have gone to roost, the cardinals are still coming in, loading up on sunflower hearts to stoke their internal furnaces in preparation for another cold winter night. And they're back first thing in the morning, too-just after the first bit of light washes across the yard and things start to become discernible, emerging from the...
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