Birding

How to Tell Vireos From Warblers, Flycatchers, and Kinglets

How to Tell Vireos From Warblers, Flycatchers, and Kinglets

— Before you start identifying vireos, you need to stop confusing them with other similar families of songbirds.
Better Know a Bird: The Wild and Kinky Mating Rituals of the Crested Auklet

Better Know a Bird: The Wild and Kinky Mating Rituals of the Crested Auklet

— These quirky birds spend their summers decked out in fluorescent bill plates, extravagant headdresses, and tangerine perfume—and they pass the time with rambunctious sex parties.
A Life in Pursuit of Vireos

A Life in Pursuit of Vireos

— An illustrious birder outlines the highs (and lows) of chasing these songbirds of summer.
Birdist Rule #57: It's Summer—Watch Out for Juveniles!

Birdist Rule #57: It's Summer—Watch Out for Juveniles!

— Baby birds are about to be on the loose, but identifying them can be tricky.
In Search of the Gray-headed Chickadee, the Most Mysterious Bird in the U.S.

In Search of the Gray-headed Chickadee, the Most Mysterious Bird in the U.S.

— Audubon’s chief scientist recounts his trek to the threatened Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last havens for one of the rarest birds in North America.
Teakettle, Cheeseburger . . . Pidaro? The Case for Using Real Words to Remember Bird Songs

Teakettle, Cheeseburger . . . Pidaro? The Case for Using Real Words to Remember Bird Songs

— Some bird guides eschew words for more literal translations of a bird's song, but doing so ignores the point of mnemonic devices: aiding memory.
A Beginner’s Guide to Recording Bird Vocalizations

A Beginner’s Guide to Recording Bird Vocalizations

— Capturing songs and calls can open a whole new level of birding—but equipment can be daunting. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Birdist Rule #95: Learn the Red-Eyed Vireo's Song and Level-Up Your Birding

Birdist Rule #95: Learn the Red-Eyed Vireo's Song and Level-Up Your Birding

— Knowing this species opens the door to a whole new world of birds.
Birdist Rule #28: Know When Birds Think You're Too Close to Their Nests

Birdist Rule #28: Know When Birds Think You're Too Close to Their Nests

— There are a variety of behaviors birds display when they feel threatened. Understanding them will make you a more responsible birder.
A Birder’s Farewell to the East Coast

A Birder’s Farewell to the East Coast

— Cheers to the cardinals, the chickadees, the jays, and yes, even to the grackles I pretend to ignore.