In the Field

Ten Tips for Waterfowl Beginners

Ten Tips for Waterfowl Beginners

— Ducks, geese, and swans are extremely common. Take advantage of that to sharpen your birding skills.
Understanding the Basics of Bird Molts

Understanding the Basics of Bird Molts

— As the seasons change, so do birds' feathers. A birder should be prepared.
A Birder’s Guide to Public Transportation

A Birder’s Guide to Public Transportation

— Trains, buses, bikes, ferries, and ride shares can get you to that rare bird. Here’s how to make the best use of these options.
When It Comes to Birding, Nude Beaches Are as Good as Any

When It Comes to Birding, Nude Beaches Are as Good as Any

— Ever birded among the buff? You may not have a choice if a good species shows up.
Why You Need to Try Paddle Birding

Why You Need to Try Paddle Birding

— When in a canoe or kayak, you can observe and experience birds in a new way—and bank some memorable adventures while you're at it.
Shorebirds 101: What to Look for When You Hit the Water

Shorebirds 101: What to Look for When You Hit the Water

— The diversity of shorebirds is stunning, but it can also be overwhelming. Here are four staple groups to get you started.
How to Go From Watching Birds to Drawing Them

How to Go From Watching Birds to Drawing Them

— Sketching while outdoors or even at home will broaden your birding skill set and add a whole new dimension to the hobby.
One of These Chicks Does Not Belong in This Nest

One of These Chicks Does Not Belong in This Nest

— To identify the imposter, start with the adult.
How Different Spring Migrants Decide When to Head North

How Different Spring Migrants Decide When to Head North

— Will warmer weather bring the birds back early? It all depends on what type of migrators they are.
The Case for Chasing Birds That Don’t Count

The Case for Chasing Birds That Don’t Count

— Because birding is about so much more than just your list.