Tag Archives: Migration

No Words, Just Birds (#2)

All photos in this post were taken at Oak Openings Preserve, one of the fine Toledo Metroparks.

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The Woodstock of Birding

I finally feel capable of attempting to write about my experience at this year’s Biggest Week in American Birding (BW), my fifth consecutive year of attending. I hope to convey why this festival is the highlight of the year for … Continue reading

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Zugunruhe: Do You Feel It?

Zugunruhe. Do you feel it too? It means “migratory restlessness,” and it’s normally used to describe the behavior of birds and other migratory species as they prepare for their long journeys in spring and fall. (It’s pronounced “zoo gen ROO ha” … Continue reading

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Migration Mania #3: Black-and-white Warbler

Okay, those of you who are paying attention have already said, “Hey, wait, it’s not migration time yet! What are you trying to pull here?” And you are absolutely correct–migration is many weeks away. But there’s no reason we can’t … Continue reading

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This is just a quick note to let you know that I’m back home from the Biggest Week in American Birding now, after ten days of pure joy. I have so much to tell you but I need a few … Continue reading

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The Ties That Bind

If your education was like mine, at some point in elementary school you were taught that birds migrate south in the winter. ¬†“South” was usually assumed to mean Florida. In fact, a woman I met recently told me that she … Continue reading

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Some Nature-Loving People You Might Want to Know

Long-time readers of my blog already know that this time of year is both my favorite time and my busiest time. Why is that? Because spring migration is ON, baby, that’s why! Some species have already started to show up … Continue reading

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Are They Here Yet? Huh, huh? Are They Here Yet?

Yes, it’s that time again, when those of us in northern latitudes start thinking about the return of our songbird friends.¬†After a long and difficult winter, it’s time to lift our eyes skyward in search of things with wings. It’s … Continue reading

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In Search of Spring

Last Friday I started hearing people saying they had seen their first Red-winged Blackbirds of the season, and I thought it might help me deal with this agonizingly long and harsh winter if I could see my first one too. … Continue reading

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Why Should You Care About Bird Conservation?

Like many people, I started watching birds at a backyard bird feeder. That soon led to curiosity about their names and behaviors, which eventually led to subscribing to bird magazines and a full-blown love affair with birds. And one day … Continue reading

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