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What is an Expert?

28 May 2016 Written by
What does the word “expert” mean, or what is an expert? To me, an expert (birder) understands their subject via experience and knowledge through varying approaches. An expert is aware that they do not know everything about their subject and never will. They make bird ID’s based on fact and…

Telling Osprey Sexes

16 May 2016 Written by
This time of year is a great time to observe Osprey pairs (male and female together) as they are spending much of their time within a specific territory. However, try to observe raptors from a distance of course so as to not disrupt their nesting behavior or habits. Anyway, I…

Terminology Mix-ups

09 May 2016 Written by
In the bird watching, bird banding, falconry, or any bird related community there are age class terms that all people use. Some terms have a specific defintion, some are more general, and some are specific only in certain instances. The fact that some terms only have one meaning while others…

A Spring Pitfall About Accipiters

03 May 2016 Written by
I have a few emails in my inbox on a singular particular issue so I thought I'd just post about it. From about March to June, many juvenile Cooper's Hawks have extremely worn and faded head feathers and start to look as if they have the facial pattern of a…

Golden Eagle Caution

28 April 2016 Written by
A few emails came my way about ageing Golden Eagles in flight. Since Golden Eagles are still migrating north in fair numbers (I just saw a few headed north in Utah last weekend), I wanted to re-share a tip (or a caution) on ageing them in flight. Actually, this ‘tip’…

Topside Views!

22 April 2016 Written by
Hawks are typically viewed from below, soaring or gliding overhead, and are often depicted in books and magazines this way. Sure, a Red-tailed Hawk is cool from below, but to see one from above with its red tail fanned out...there's just something more exciting about that. Maybe a topside view…