Boreal Bird Blog
Observations and updates from our Senior Scientist, Dr. Jeff Wells, and the BSI science team
May 1, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
May 1, 2006 Since the beginning of April, I've been recording nocturnal bird calls on most good migration nights at my home in Maine. I have a microphone built based on the specifications available...
April 5, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
I am in Florida. Yes, we've seen the alligators, palm trees, vultures, and spoonbills. But every morning when we walk through the shady Spanish-moss draped live oaks, we hear the tell-tale chatter...
February 23, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
It's always in the top 10 most frequently reported species in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Over 80% of its entire population nests in the Boreal--over 100 million birds! About 226,000 of them were...
February 10, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
This was the Northern Shrike that I saw last August while in Deline, Northwest Territories. To see a good photo of a Northern Shrike click here. I thought the three-shrike weekend I reported last...
January 13, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
Seattle, Wed., Jan. 11, 2006 Skagit Valley. Samish Island. Padilla Bay. Unless you've spent time in Washington State, you've probably never heard of them. They're names that can make a birder's eyes...
January 10, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
Even I sometimes need a wake-up call about how many birds have significant breeding populations in the Boreal. Take, for example, Red-tailed Hawk. If you read my last post you will remember that I...
January 9, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
Cincinnati was not good to me. Well, not good to my little Boreal bird travel game at least. As we landed in the darkening skies, I saw four Red-tailed Hawks each sitting on the ground in its own...
January 9, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
The birding was tough at LaGuardia. Our flight came in over Long Island sound and the Throgs Neck bridge�an area that hosts (or at least used to host) a significant wintering population of Greater...
January 9, 2006 | Dr. Jeff Wells
A three shrike weekend doesn't happen very often. Not for me at least. I think I once saw that many shrikes in a day when I was a teenager and snuck out the family car for a few hours of winter...
December 21, 2005 | Dr. Jeff Wells
"I don't know if I can do this," said a tense voice from the back of the plane. It was a small plane - a Cessna 207 for those who know something about such things - with just enough room for the...

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